Sleeping Beauty on Exhibition
by Jacqueline Lew
James Finn Garner’s “Sleeping Persun of Better-Than-Average Attractiveness”
is entirely politically correct.
So much so that according to Lew,
Garner’s feminist revision of “Sleeping Beauty” is so thorough that it becomes entirely — indeed, intentionally — ridiculous.
Garner’s goal is to reject the notion that current feminist revision simply provide alternative values in the original framework of fairy tales, which never solves the inherent problems.
Therefore, Garner’s politically correct retelling does not intend to classify itself as a serious alternative to the Grimms’ chauvinism, but rather as a mockery of unsuccessful approaches to feminist revisions of Sleeping Beauty.