My thesis explores retellings and adaptations of Charles Perrault's fairy tales (1697) in relation to contextual cultural changes, specifically what shifts these may have caused in the representation and reception of the villain characters. For decades, scholars have investigated the ways authors have revised and rewritten traditional fairy tales; my research focuses on fairy tale adaptations by Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Angela Carter, and some more recent authors, in order to explore how the interpretation of the villains was and is influenced by its context. While there is much scholarship on post-modern fairy tales, a look at the villains within the adaptation's historical circumstances has been largely ignored by scholars, if not in subordination to the heroes of the tales. I aim to bring the villains in 'Bluebeard', 'Little Red Riding Hood', and 'Sleeping Beauty' to the forefront as worthy of analysis in their own right.
I am currently a PhD student at Kingston University, London, where I previously obtained my BA in English Literature with Drama. I have always been interested in language and philology, aspects that led me to the study of folklore and fairy tales. I pursued my interests at the Universita degli Studi di Padova first, then at Kingston and subsequently at the University of Nottingham, where I completed my MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies. It is my greatest aspiration to work in HE, and as a whole, my research aims to bridge the gap between the study of fairy tales and medievalism, something I started to explore in my dissertation and plan to continue working on in the future.