Shattering Fairytale Myths
Shattering Fairytale Myths -- Looking beyond Stereotypes and Limitations
This session will focus on exposing stereotypes in traditional Grimm's fairy tales and finding new models of beauty and female self-determination. Tiffany Chambers will compare the stereotypically beautiful female characters in traditional fairy tales with a modern fairy tale, Fairest, by Gail Carson Levin, in which the damsel in distress is not the fairest of them all. Her beauty is one that many cannot see but she finds true beauty within herself by redefining the societal standard of what it means to be fairest.
Tiffany Chambers is a student at Eastern Washington University with a major in Humanities and minors in Women's Studies, Art History, English, and Communication Studies. She is a McNair Scholar in the process of applying to graduate schools with the intent of studying Children's and African American Literature.