The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales

What if Beauty stood up to the Beast, the Princess  never tried to sleep on the pea (and wouldn’t have noticed it if she had), and the Swan Maiden took her revenge on the hunter who kidnapped her?

The Adventurous Princess and other feminist fairy tales is a retelling of nine traditional fairy tales with a feminist twist.

Fairy tales open up new worlds full of enchantment and adventure, but many of these traditional stories also reinforce rigid gender roles and norms, perpetuate stereotypes, and lack diversity in their characters.

In The Adventurous Princess, the charm, whimsy, and magic of traditional fairy tales remain, but the diverse characters challenge stereotypes about who they should be or how they should act, stand up for themselves, and shape their own futures.

Erin-Claire Barrow is an author and illustrator originally from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. She paints in watercolours to create whimsical scenes, storybook illustrations, and bring to life the strange creatures of fairy tales and folklore. Erin-Claire is always on the lookout for ways to combine her passions for art and equality, and is particularly interested in how art can be used to raise awareness of social justice issues.

In 2018, she spoke at TEDx Canberra on retelling fairy tales for our diverse, modern society to challenge stereotypes and encourage young people (and especially young women) to see themselves as the heroes of their own stories.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-1925652994 (hbk)

Category: Illustrated | Fairy tales

Imprint: Publisher Obscura

Trade paperback: 60 pages

Publication Date: 8 March 2019

RRP: AU $24.95

 


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