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Thread #140865 Message #3238854
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
14-Oct-11 - 09:08 AM
Thread Name: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
Subject: RE: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
In a retelling of a story anything can be changed. That could involve reinforcing a stereotype, challenging a stereotype or changing to a different stereotype.
Maybe it might be better to tell a new story, doing it the way the author thinks it really should be done.
The problem with stereotypes is not that they are necessarily inaccurate portrayals of individuals, but that they are taken as representative of a much wider group - a race, a nationality etc. Sometimes that is the intention of the author, frequently it is not. Dickens protested strongly against the suggestion that he intended Fagin to be taken as a representative Jew, any more than Bill Sikes was intended to be taken as a representative Englishman.