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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Abigail Fine, BA, MA, MA


PhD Student in Comparative Literature



My current research investigates contemporary adaptations of Cinderella, fashion, material culture, and children's literature. My PhD will examine the extent to which British and American adaptations of Cinderella by and for children and young adults across a range of media from the mid-20th century to the present have encouraged disobedience. Using the definition of ‘performativity’ broadly to include clothing and appearance as modes of communication that perform an identity, I plan to focus my investigation on the ways Cinderella characters construct identity and enact disobedience through fashion, and how these constructions are intended to impact the attitudes of children who consume these adaptations.

Additionally, I have abiding interests in Disney studies, children's literature, history of the book, English early modern theatre history, and Anglo eighteenth-century political and social history.

Previous institutions:

The College of William and Mary, B.A., M.A., History
Georgetown University, M.A. English Literature


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