Abstract

This essay focuses on Lochhead's retelling of memorable and notable fairy-tale motifs, conventions, and topoi, in which she challenges how traditional folktales (and, more generally, cultural memory and legend) have been used to construct women's social experiences. The poems create an awareness of stories as tools for challenging the sense of social interrelationships established in masculine gender regimes, revisiting the legitimacy of the social goals these regimes enshrine. Lochhead's storyteller reconstructs the realms of fantasy wherein identity is forged, thus proposing disjunctive stories that rematerialize an empowering women's identity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 325-352
Launched on MUSE
2010-01-06
Open Access
No
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