Kay Stone


I discuss two folktales with types of heroines that have generally been seen as opposites: one tale provides an heroic example while the other portrays a victim. Feminists, myself included, often viewed such protagonists as diametrically opposed. By emphasizing the deliberately enigmatic nature and the layered depths of fairy tales, I show how these heroines are, in fact, more sisters than opposites. I use my own telling of these stories over a number of years to illustrate how my ideas as a feminist folklorist have evolved since my first article appeared in 1975.