The purpose of this independent study is to examine how gender is constructed in retellings of the popular fairy tales Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and to discuss how the fairy tales may affect the socialization of children into the gender norms of our society. To do so, I used content analysis on six Cinderella retellings and six Sleeping Beauty. I begin by discussing the two major theorists I used in my analysis, John Stephens and Sherry B Ortner. Then I discuss the literature I read in my research on this topic, beginning with a brief overview of the ethnocentric history of fairy tales, followed by discussions of anthropology and the fairy tale, gender and the fairy tale, and finally the queering of fairy tales.


Frese, Pamela


Sociology and Anthropology


Folklore | Social and Cultural Anthropology


Fairy tales, gender, anthropology, femininity, beauty, cinderella, sleeping beauty

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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