This paper examines three Victorian fairy tales (Anne Thackeray Ritchie’s “Beauty and the Beast” , Juliana Horatia Ewing’s “The Ogre Courting” , and Mary Louisa Molesworth’s “The Brown Bull of Norrowa” ) and looks at how the tales illuminate the fairy-tale discourse on civilization. Though these three fairy tales are very different, they were written at about the same period and testify to how Victorian women writers rebelled against traditional gender roles—even when some aspects of the narratives seem to confirm the conservative civilizing process.
Talairach-Vielmas, Laurence. "Beautiful Maidens, Hideous Suitors: Victorian Fairy Tales and the Process of Civilization." Marvels & Tales 24.2 (2010). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol24/iss2/5>.