Growing Up in Magical Time: Representations of Female Growth and Development in ABC's Once Upon a Time



Whitehurst, KF ORCID: 0000-0002-6678-4800
(2018) Growing Up in Magical Time: Representations of Female Growth and Development in ABC's Once Upon a Time. Narrative Culture, 5 (1). 1 - 14.

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Abstract

This article examines ABC's televisual fairy-tale adaptation Once Upon a Time (2011- present) by investigating how the organization of episodic storylines within the show challenges chronometric accounts of time, temporality, and growth. It considers how the female characters' emotional development in magical time facilitates a level of fluidity within representations of their growth and character development. Centrally, this article demonstrates how the intersection between form and content moves the tale away from a narrative of devil woman as crone to alternatively reinforce dominant Western ideas surrounding the importance of "ideal" development in youth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fairy tales, Growth and development, Television programs, Childhood, Emotional development, Character development, Narratives, Chronometry, Mothers, Age
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 09:53
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2021 11:50
DOI: 10.13110/narrcult.5.1.0001
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3011819