“Braid” takes “Rapunzel” as its amalgamated hypotext and builds upon it, altering and extending the well-known narrative in order to interrogate its character dynamics (a witch who steals another woman’s baby; a controlling mother figure who imprisons her adolescent daughter), as well as imagining collaborative relationships among girls and women. I have sought not only to recast the female relationships in the source fairy tale, but to introduce new women in Rapunzel’s life with whom she may connect and collaborate beyond the confines of the tower. The introduction explores the writing of this novelette and examines its sources and influences.
McDermott, Kirstyn. "Despite What the Stories Say: Introduction to “Braid”." Marvels & Tales 35.1 (2021). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol35/iss1/8>.