Michelle Anya Anjirbag

Michelle Anya Anjirbag
University of Antwerp | UA · Department of Literature

Doctor of Philosophy
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Antwerp Constructing Age for Young Readers project Sept 2021-Feb 2022

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Introduction
I successfully defended my PhD dissertation with minor corrections at the Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Cambridge, house at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education on the impact of representation in Disney fairy-tale film on 20 Oct 2020. Following my doctoral work, I joined the CAFYR team at UAntwerpen for a 6-month postdoc. My research interests include adaptations of fairy tales and cross-period approaches to narrative transmission across cultures and societies.
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - present
University of Antwerp
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • I am contributing to the ERC funded research project Constructing Age for Young Readers (CAFYR) under Professor Vanessa Joosen, with a focus on transmedia adaptation.
Education
September 2017 - July 2021
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Education/Children's Literature and Media
September 2013 - August 2014
The University of Edinburgh
Field of study
  • Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic, Victorian
January 2009 - May 2012
University of Connecticut
Field of study
  • English, creative writing concentration; anthropology minor, Native American and Indigenous studies minor

Publications

Publications (19)
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As with other twenty-first-century rewritings of fairytales, Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron complicates the classic ‘Cinderella’ fairytale narrative popularized by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm for new audiences, queering and race-bending the tale in its decidedly feminist revision of the story. However, as we argue here, the novel a...
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This paper explores the recently published Vintage Books picture book series “A Fairy Tale Revolution” to determine what might be ‘revolutionary’ in these postmodern retellings by Rebecca Solnit, Malorie Blackman, Kamila Shamsie, and Jeanette Winterson individually and as a corpus. If Angela Carter unlocked fairy tales in such a way that they could...
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Review of "Recasting the Disney Princess in an Era of New Media and Social Movements" ed. by Shearon Roberts
Thesis
This dissertation deconstructs Disney’s corporate commodification of multiculturalism and diversity to examine the impacts versus the stated intentions of a US-centric corporation with conservative roots to become more diverse and multicultural in its depiction of race and ethnicity in a more globalized world. I argue that while the Disney Renaissa...
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Books such as Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy series, and made-for-television films and television series such as The Librarians and Warehouse 13 incorporate the idea of a library or repository where artefacts connected to various stories are stored that facilitates new adventures, not through retelling, but by using the space of the library as a...
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The transmediation involved in recent Walt Disney Company productions including "A Wrinkle in Time," "Black Panther," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Coco," and "Moana" engage with a process of visualizing the nonvisual in ways that have heretofore differed from past Disney offerings. These films respond to calls for increased diversity, unlocking the potential...
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Retelling – and reinterpreting – fairy tales is not a new phenomenon, but rather a tradition that reaches back to 16th-century Europe. This lecture will explore the social and cultural history of the term “contes des fees” from which we derive the term “fairy tale,” and use this to consider contemporary understandings of fairy tales, why this form...
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This article examines the castle as an icon signaling medievalism in Disney films, and through it, how Disney maintains a core aesthetic of whiteness across its brand, especially in the fairy-tale films. It specifically examines how the castle title cards root a sense of historicism in three live-action remediations of classic fairy-tale films: Mal...
Conference Paper
Silencing doesn’t always refer to the removal of sound; it can also refer to the overwriting of a narrative or a recontextualization of events. Instead of removing a narrative – censorship that then leaves a gap to be questioned – changing the dialogue, inserting a new narrative, or changing the circumstances of remembering the events in question c...
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Review for Jeunesse: Young people, Texts, Cultures, Vol. 11, no. 1, 2019 of: Greenhill, Pauline, Jill Terry Rudy, Naomi Hamer, and Lauren Bosc, editors. The Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Cultures. Routledge, 2018. Citation: Anjirbag, M. “Intermedial Borders and Global Fairy-Tale Cultures”. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, V...
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Books such as Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy series, and made-for-television films and television series such as The Librarians and Warehouse 13 have reconfigured the idea of myth, folklore, and fairy tale – in terms of how and where narratives might be accessed and by whom – in the contemporary public imagination. Each series incorporates the id...
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As the consciousness of coloniality, diversity, and the necessity of not only token depictions of otherness but accurate representations of diversity in literature and film has grown, there has been a shift in the processes of adaptation and appropriation used by major film production companies and how they approach representing the other. One clea...
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As consciousness of coloniality, diversity, and the necessity of not only token depictions of otherness but accurate representations of diversity in literature and film has grown, there has been a shift in the processes of adaptation and appropriation used by major film production companies and how they approach representing the other. One clear ex...
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Adapting well-known narratives close together creates space for cross-generational interrogation of well-known figures and their symbolic projected roles in societies, as seen in the live-action remakes of Disney Classic films, such as Cinderella (2015), Maleficent (2014), and Beauty and the Beast (2017). By examining the intertextual relationships...
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Fairy tales reinforce cultural values and ideals and influence readers to ascribe to a particular social structure. However, they can also be used to assert a new social norm. From the Victorian era through more contemporary times, authors such as George MacDonald and Angela Carter have used fairy tale structures in original plots to subvert the re...