Deconstructing Gender Roles in Disney's "Maleficent"


Authors : Sr. Deena David

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 3 - March

Google Scholar : https://goo.gl/DF9R4u

Scribd : https://bit.ly/2XEJ2fU

Maleficent (2014) is a postmodern retelling of Disney’s well acclaimed Sleeping Beauty (1959) based on Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant. The title of the film represents the evil antagonist of Sleeping Beauty as the protagonist. Maleficent’s characterisation challenges the existing binaries as she is both innocent and guilty; powerful and vulnerable; revengeful and loving; and good as well as the evil. This paper aims to explore Maleficent as a feminist re-visioning of Sleeping Beauty. It makEspecially use of two frames of reading: postmodernism and feminism. Adrienne Rich’s concept of re-vision is used to subvert the gender roles and patriarchal norms of the sleeping beauty myth in Maleficent

Keywords : Deconstruction, Revisioning, Archetypes, Gender Performitivity, Subversion.

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