Jeana Jorgensen


The study of masculinity in fairy tales lags behind the study of femininity, a lack this article addresses by reviewing the intersections of masculinity studies and feminist theory and using a dataset based on canonical fairy-tale collections to empirically tease out representations of men’s bodies in fairy tales. Crucial findings include the significance of youth, physical stature, violence, and transformations in depictions of men’s bodies in fairy tales, which contribute to a construction of hegemonic masculinity as fragile yet the unmarked norm.