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The other mother : Neil Gaiman's postfeminist fairytales
journal contributionposted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Elizabeth Parsons, Naarah Calvert, Kathryn Mary McInally
This article enacts as psychoanalytic analysis of Neil Gaiman's junior novel Coraline and graphic novel The Mirror Mask in order to position these two highly regarded children's texts in the postfeminist landscape of contemporary western world patriarchy. The interpretation concatenates the stories of the two female protagonists of these novels, Coraline and Helena, as exemplars of maturational stages in identity formation that demonstrate the ways in which feminine roles are currently circumscribed.