The Feminist Architecture of Postmodern Anti-Tales: Space, Time, and Bodies, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Feminist Architecture of Postmodern Anti-Tales

Space, Time, and Bodies, 1st Edition

By Kendra Reynolds


296 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This monograph aims to counter the assumption that the anti-tale is a ‘subversive twin’ or dark side of the fairy tale coin, instead it argues that the anti-tale is a genre rich in complexity and radical potential that fundamentally challenges the damaging ideologies and socializing influence of fairy tales.

The Feminist Architecture of Postmodern Anti-Tales: Space, Time and Bodies highlights how anti-tales take up timely debates about revising old structures, opening our minds up to a broader spectrum of experience or ways of viewing the world and its inhabitants. They show us alternative architectures for the future by deconstructing established spatio-temporal laws and structures, as well as limited ideas surrounding the body, and ultimately liberate us from the shackles of a single-minded and simplistic masculine reality currently upheld by dominant social forces and patriarchal fairy tales themselves. It is only when these masculine fairy tales and social architectures are deconstructed that new, more inclusive feminine realities and futures can be brought into being.

Table of Contents


Section One: Space

Chapter 1: ‘Psycho’-Geographies and Gendered Maps: Reimagining the City in Feminist Anti-Tales

Chapter 2: Feminist Journeys ‘Into the Woods’: The Use of Ecofeminist Landscapes in Postmodern Anti-Tales

Section Two: Time

Chapter 3: ‘Once Upon Many Times’: Subversive Temporalities in Feminist Anti-Tales

Section Three: Bodies

Chapter 4: Embodying the ‘Inbetween’: Subversive Bodies in Feminist Anti-Tales

Conclusion: Feminine Conclusions: New Architectures, New Futures


About the Author

Dr. Kendra Reynolds is a PhD supervisor at Ulster University in Northern Ireland.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature