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In Marina Warner’s study From the Beast to the Blonde, her novels Indigo and The Leto Bundle, and her short story “Ballerina: The Belled Girl Sends a Tape to an Impresario,” she reinterprets fairy-tale scenes of sexual violence as, paradoxically, potential catalysts for women’s self-assertion. She refuses to define rape by the suffering it causes. Her characters respond creatively—even problematically—to violation. In opposition to the belief that rape confines women in the position of objects, Warner portrays these women as active figures who demonstrate troubling desires at the same time as they achieve new self-expression.