Sunday, January 16

How and when Cinderella stopped being the feminist story that it was in its origins

  • Alexander Sergeant
  • The Conversation*

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“It is a complete reinvention of the classic fairy tale,” say the creators of the new production of Cinderella by the king of British musicals Andrew Lloyd Webber, currently in theaters in London.

Written by Emerald Fennell (this year’s Oscar nominee for her directing of “Promising Young Women”), the production promises a feminist revision of the tale, updating the well-known story to reflect contemporary attitudes about gender.

But Cinderella has always been a feminist text.

Figures like Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney, played a key role in popularizing the story for new generations.

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