Lykissas Presents on Strong Female Characters in Television Show “Once Upon a Time”

Posted on 4/17/2018 6:27:34 PM

Alexandra Lykissas, a PhD Candidate in English Literature and Criticism, presented the paper, “Collaboration in ‘Once Upon a Time’: Contemporary Fairy Tales as Subversive Feminist Discourse” at the annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association on the panel “Strong Female Characters: Subversive Femininity in Literature and Popular Culture” along with fellow PhD Candidate Sheila Farr who presented the paper “Breaking the Glass Slipper: The Cinderella Fairy Tale as a Subversive Space.”

Lykissas's paper addressed how the character of Snow White in Once Upon a Time offers a new type of progressive fairy tale princess that offers a more complex version of femininity and the “strong female” that combines compassion and collaboration with assertiveness and independence. She further argued that this new type of strong female is necessary for contemporary viewers because it reflects a shift in how women are represented on-screen.

The Northeast Modern Language Association is a nonprofit organization of teachers and scholars of literature, language, and culture.

A regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association, NeMLA provides a forum for the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages and literatures. Every year, the NeMLA Convention affords NeMLA’s principal opportunity to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange. This four-day long event showcases different areas of inquiry and includes regular panels, roundtables, seminars, interactive workshops, special events, caucus meetings, literary readings, film screenings, and guest speakers.

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