Abstract

Robin McKinley's Deerskin (1993) is both a reconÞguration of Charles Perrault's "Peau d'ane" and a powerful contemporary fantasy that makes prominent the flawed family structures, especially the mutual narcissism of the heroine's parents, that underlie the sexual violence of the story. An examination of these destructive relationships in terms of Jacques Lacan's schemata demonstrates the aptness of McKinley's characterizations. This study also considers Deerskin in the context of tales of the Catskin type (AT 510B), as well as some questions of implied audience raised by the novel's fairy-tale background and its other fantastic elements.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 168-182
Launched on MUSE
2001-10-01
Open Access
No
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