Feminist Snow White

“Feminist Snow White and the Goddess of Folklore: 7 Dwarves and the 9 Muses”
Merry Lynn Byrd
SCMLA 2013 notes

The world didn’t end in 2012.

All damaging hurricanes have women’s names.
What about Andrew in South Carolina?
New Orleans = beautiful woman with dirty fingernails

Grimm, Once Upon a Time and the two Snow movies are about younger beauty threatened by evil older woman

Mirror, Mirror and Snow White & the Huntsman

Being a princess is not a career, but it is still an archetype.
You grow up to be a regal leader.

The ruler pitted against herself.

eco-feminist movies, strongly revisionist
queen sucks beauty out of young girls,
so women live in exile and disfigure their daughters

SW&SH story line is confusing
Refers to Red Riding Hood, Snow Queen, Hansel & Gretel
all stories oversimplify, are dualistic binaries.

Winter (Polda, Germanic goddess, Jan 6 is her holiday) may appear as a crone in gray or a beautiful young girl in white).

Older women dictatorial rulers.

Self-loathing is inherent in the split of crone and girl.

initiated into supernatural when unicorn accepts her
“I can kill her because I know her.”
Charlise Therone shows relief at her death (release).

We are all facing the same mirror.
Karmic joke: shooting at parade on Mother’s Day

another Snow White, Blanca Niedas
bullfight, Spain, black and white, silent movie
becomes a bull fighter
stepmother kills her
one of 7 dwarves takes her to a carnival and for extra $ can kiss her.

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