Plucking the rose: attitudes toward nature in the modern American fairy tale

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dc.contributor Ainsworth, David
dc.contributor Morgan, Stacy I.
dc.contributor.advisor Niiler, Lucas P. Wood, Susan E. 2017-03-01T14:47:33Z 2017-03-01T14:47:33Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000715
dc.identifier.other Wood_alatus_0004M_10821
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This thesis compares modern American fairy tales (hypertexts) with earlier influential fairy stories (hypotexts), in particular those bearing intertextual links to the "Beauty and the Beast" tale type, in order to identify changing American attitudes toward nature and to pinpoint prevailing trends of opinion in mainstream American culture today. The fairy stories chosen, through characterization, identify a human main character with civilization and a fairy main character with the wilderness. In this way, nature is made into an "Other," something super-natural and thus something different from humans. Readers may, through fairy tales, accommodate modern ideas about the preservation of nature with the more traditional role of dominating nature in order to achieve a sense of safety in those spaces not under direct human control. Indeed, to a large extent in these tales the certain, mutually beneficial outcome is human domestication of the fairy creature through sympathetic guidance. This indicates that a belief in the primacy of human communion with nature is becoming a mainstream belief in modern American culture.
dc.format.extent 69 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other American literature
dc.subject.other Modern literature
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.title Plucking the rose: attitudes toward nature in the modern American fairy tale
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of English English The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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