n Mousaion - Wat het van Griet geword? (Sy't 'n ander naam, maar woon nog in 'n sprokie)

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  • ISSN : 0027-2639



This article aims at variations of transformation presented in Marita van der Vyver's Afrikaans youth novel, (2002; translated by KL Seegers as , 2007). The discussion shows that two main forms of transformation feature in the book, turning the story into a fractured fairy tale. The first form of transformation relates to adaptations of existing traditional fairy tales, such as , and the . Departing from Zipes's (2007:3-4) revised adaptation of Propp's (1975) typology of functions performed by characters in Russian folk tales, the second form of transformation considers the metamorphosis of the story of the protagonist, Hanna Hoekom, as a whole into a modern fairy tale. Apart from considering the transformation of fairy characters and their associated actions, the article also examines the adaptation of fairy spaces in (2002). These spaces blend in with the story unobtrusively: the description of the family's home in Cape Town, and their secluded and dilapidated holiday home, resonates the isolation and size of the castle in which Sleeping Beauty remains for a century. Similar to her rescue by Prince Charming, some members of Hanna's family are rescued by a helicopter pilot resembling a modern day prince.

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