Deconstructing Gender Roles and Digesting the Magic of Folktales and Fairy Tales in Annie Proulx’s Omnivorous Wyoming Stories

Abstract : Going beyond the extensive literature dealing with Annie Proulx’s deconstruction of myths tied to the West, this paper delves into her palimpsestuous Wyoming short stories that transgress dominant norms and conventions of genres and genders. Focusing on Proulx’s grotesque, feminist revisions of old folktales and fairy tales, this article contends that her art of the short story provides an efficient tool to tinker with the rigid, ideological discourses reinforced by such tales when it comes to gender stereotypes. Recuperating the magic from older forms of short narratives, Proulx’s omnivorous, postmodernist tales thrive on potent fragments and mythèmes that both foreground and rekindle the ignition power of imaginative discourse. Her subversive mythopoeia and playful, self-reflexive writing thus pave the way for liberating flights of fancy that cross the boundaries between established genres and gender.
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Bénédicte Meillon. Deconstructing Gender Roles and Digesting the Magic of Folktales and Fairy Tales in Annie Proulx’s Omnivorous Wyoming Stories. L'Ordinaire des Amériques, Institut pluridisciplinaire pour les études sur les Amériques à Toulouse (IPEAT), 2019, ⟨10.4000/orda.4868⟩. ⟨hal-02397996⟩

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