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This essay examines a transmedial string of variants of “The Maiden in the Tower” (ATU 310) and “Sleeping Beauty” (ATU 410)—stories about the fate of girls in tower enclosures. By and by, this probe into liminal enclosures (suspended between heaven and earth) shows ambivalent fairies in the business of helping girls come of age. As cloistered maidens spin a spindle, they cycle along with the moon; as girls prick a finger, they mark with blood the thread of their lives. The discussion suggests that the core of fairy tales is enchantment, which is ruled by cyclic time, which straddles opposites and thus breeds hybridity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Cultures
EditorsPauline Greenhill, Jill Terry Rudy, Naomi Hamer, Lauren Bosc
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781138946156
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions


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