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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy$
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Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.001.0001

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Girls in Bears’ Clothing in Greek Myth and Disney/Pixar’s Brave

Girls in Bears’ Clothing in Greek Myth and Disney/Pixar’s Brave

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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

Elizabeth A. Manwell

Oxford University Press

Elizabeth Manwell, in “Girls in Bears’ Clothing in Greek Myth and Disney/Pixar’s Brave,” examines the non-conformist Disney princess Merida and her mother Elinor within the larger context of fantastic tales about bear transformations, including Greek myths. Manwell first discusses how Elinor’s transformation into a bear does not conform to the patterns we see in the transformations of other Disney princesses, reflecting instead Merida’s coming of age. Manwell then explores how such tales could have been used to reinforce the mother–daughter relationship during a girl’s transition into adulthood, suggesting that the comparison with Brave may offer insight into ancient Greek rites like the Arkteia and Brauronia.

Keywords:   Arkteia, Bears, Brauronia, Brave (Disney/Pixar film), Classical mythology, Coming-of-age narrative, Greek ritual

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