`` Rapunzel `` : The Feminist Revitalization Of Fairy Tales

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Like all fairytales, Rapunzel has a history that extends far earlier than the 1800s when it first transcribed by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. However, Rapunzel is a tale that continues to be re-written and re-interpreted even today. From the 1970s with the feminist revitalization of fairy tales to the early 2010s with Disney’s Tangled (2010), this timeless tale continues to engage its listeners. In 2015, Katie Kapurch of Texas State University revisited Rapunzel with an eye on its more recent modernizations. By starting with Anne Sexton’s poem “Rapunzel” from her 1971 collection Transformations, Kapurch analyzed the lesbian elements of the tale in order to examine the 21st century Tumblr culture that “ships” Tangled’s Rapunzel with Brave’s (2012) Merida. Sexton’s Rapunzel Anne Sexton wrote her Transformations collection after she noticed her daughter’s fascination with Grimm 's’ stories. Sexton asked her daughter to select a few of her favorites and she rewrote them with “adult” themes, including rape, incest, and fluid sexuality. In her retelling of Rapunzel, Sexton rewrites Rapunzel as the young and unwilling object of Mother Goethel’s sexual desires. The poem starts with the statement, “a woman who loves a woman is forever young” (Sexton 1-3). These beginning lines set a common theme of eternal youthfulness and lesbian desire. In her introduction, Sexton also plays on the imagery of old versus young in her descriptions of “old breast against young breast”

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