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DOI: 10.51762/1FK-2021-26-02-15
Abstract: The paper focuses on culture stereotypes embodied in fairy tales and the ways of their representation in twice-told tales. The awareness of pressure of stereotypes in culturally central texts led to their persistent re-vision by the 20th century women writers. In “The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories”, Angela Carter appropriates some of Charles Perrault’s classical plots calling it a “demythologizing business”. The paper studies “social fictions” regarding women scrutinized in Carter’s reinterpretations of Beauty and the Beast plot. As their overall structure analysis testifies, critical approach to conventional culture’s concepts of gender predetermines the mode of narration - “stories about fairy stories” and female character perspective. These allow for the use of metacommentary that centres on economic issues concerning young women. Alongside with their fears, these issues are thematised by foregrounding recurrent motifs and law words. As the research shows, the major female character’s motivations that their flat prototypes lack are exposed; the 1st person narration also absent in the pretext permits the author to articulate criticism of “social fictions” underlying classical fairy tales through the female character’s mouthpiece in feminist terms. The introduction of a foil triggers the female character’s self-discovery and the multiple reinterpretations of the same plot shattering its ruthless changelessness provide new life scenarios for her.
Key words: Reinterpretation; twice-told tale; fairy tale; short stories; English literature; English women-writers; literary genres; metacommentary; social fictions, feminist criticism, female characters

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Atlas, A. Z. (2021). Demythologising Social Fictions in Angela Carter’s Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales. In Philological Class. 2021. Vol. 26 ⋅ №2. P. 182-190. DOI 10.51762/1FK-2021-26-02-15.