(4/3/06 2:53 am)
define "princess story"|
I'm revising my dissertation prospectus, and it seems that I've been taking for granted that "everyone knows" what a "princess story" is. Turns out I was wrong -- and that I'm having trouble defining it.
I am looking at 20th-century America, starting with A Little Princess and working through to around the Princess Diaries, and including both Disney versions and other new versions of the folktales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc.).
What, would you say, are the defining characteristics of a "princess story?"