Abstract

Abstract:

Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” might be considered as one of the most beloved fairy-tale plots in Russian culture and is surprisingly popular among contemporary Russian-speaking writers of fan fiction. In the article, fan fiction devoted to Andersen’s tale is analyzed through a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods in order to reflect on more general questions about the process of retelling. “The Snow Queen” stimulates fan-fiction authors to rethink the topic of love triangle. These authors propose their own visions of the conflict by concentrating on gender roles and unrealistic representations of human relationships. A semiotic perspective is employed to show the how metacommunication is a multistage process and a key mechanism of cultural dynamics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 283-301
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-29
Open Access
No
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