Senior lecturer in English and Screen Studes, Dr Allison Craven has a new book out titled Fairy tale interrupted: Feminism, masculinity, wonder cinema which is now availble in the JCU Library.
The publisher's website states:
Feminism, masculinity and fairy tale figure within an extended analysis of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991), in light of the live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast (2017). The history of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast is compared with Disney's adaptation which centralises the figure of
the Beast rather than the heroine, Belle.
A flagship during a key period
of Disney’s corporate expansion in the early 1990s, in the first
section of the book, the production is situated with respect to gender
histories in the corresponding period: the rise of post-feminism, and
its implicit disavowal of feminism, the mythopoetic men’s movement and
the crisis of masculinity. The following section canvasses views of
masculinity in second wave feminism and the role of myth and fairy in
key works of feminism. A critical discussion ensues of twenty-first
century wonder cinema in which the influence of feminist ideas is seen
to circulate within the pastiche treatments of fairy tales and