lustrated that the stories of late-nineteenth-century and early-twentiethcentury American author Mary E. Wilkins Freeman contain much more than implied by the “regional realism” and “proto-feminist” labels so often applied to them. Freeman’s strong use of fairy-tale themes and tropes is examined in selected short stories. Special attention is given to tropes of masculinity and Freeman’s interaction with them in her role as fairy-tale revisionist to illustrate that Freeman’s understanding of masculinity matches current critical notions and is much more complex than has been considered to date.
Carter, James Bucky. "Princes, Beasts, or Royal Pains: Men and Masculinity in the Revisionist Fairy Tales of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman." Marvels & Tales 20.1 (2006). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol20/iss1/2>.