(8/26/04 3:08 pm)
Re: Feminine Beauty in Fairy Tales|
One of the interesting things about women in fairy tales, though, is that while they are often described as "beautiful," the particulars of their beauty (hair color, eye color, height, weight, complexion, etc.) isn't so often delineated, which leaves a lot of room for an audience's varying ideas of beauty. This changes with illustrations (how beauty is portrayed in illustrated fairy tale books was a big issue in my last children's lit. class). I guess I would say that "beauty" isn't so much of a problem as they way certain modern conceptions of it are often put into the tales.
Luckily, there are writers and illustrators who are aware of they dynamics of beauty, who challenge the "standard" of the willowy, blond, blue-eyed, fragile type.