This issue of Gender Forum is dedicated to the discussion of gender and how it is impacted by and reproduced in fairy tales. The influence that fairy tales have on our culture is indisputable even today – the Grimms’ tales remain present in children’s bedrooms in the shape of Disney movies, and many cultural tropes, from the evil stepmother to the potion-brewing witch, have their foundation in fairy tales. The contributors to this month’s issues have examined a wide variety of diverse texts – from Angela Carter’s short stories to contemporary TV series – to trace the continued cultural impact of fairy tales in relation to constructions of gender and sexuality. 

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Gender and Fairy Tales