The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 7, No 3 (2003)

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Curiouser & Curiouser: Reflection and Reflexion: Female Coming-of-Age, the Mirror Stage, and the Absence of Mirrors in Robin McKinley's contemporary retellings of Folk and Fairy Tales

Evelyn Perry

Abstract


In Robin McKinley's novels Beauty and Rose Daughter, Deerskin, and Spindle's End, adolescent coming-of-age doubles Lacan's psychological development in that it contains a second set of Lacan's three stages of a child's psychological development. McKinley describes adolescent coming-of-age as a psychological development both traumatic and identity-shaping; its ultimate success allows young adults to understand their actions as individuals as well as members of the adult community.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

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