• No Country for Old Women: Age, Power, and Beauty in Neil Gaiman's Fantasies

    Author(s):
    Michelle Anya Anjirbag (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Subject(s):
    Literature, Children's literature, English, Fantasy fiction, Adaptations
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    age studies, children's literature, Fairy Tale, Fantasy
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/tx40-ak95
    Abstract:
    This essay uses Neil Gaiman's Stardust, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and "Chivalry," to examine the intersection of age and gender in his fairy-tale appropriations to consider how fantasy can reiterate stereotypical representations of older women. By drawing on the age studies work of Sylvia Henneberg and Susan Pickard to consider ageism as a cross-section to gendered constructions in Gaiman's works, I make visible how age affects perception and construction of gender, which can lead to the intertwining of age stereotypes and gendered double standards.
    Notes:
    This article was written as part of the research project "Constructing Age for Young Readers" (CAFYR). This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No. 804920).
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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