Passing as the American Cinderella: Disenchanting Fairy Tales in the Writings of Hannah Crafts, Charles Chesnutt and Jessie Fauset

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It was all well and good for Cinderella that her lost slipper only fit her tiny foot. However, that exclusive shoe had some very painful repercussions for other women. This article explores the mutilated feet that Cinderella’s slipper left in its wake. While Cinderella narratives were proliferating in mainstream American fiction since the mid-nineteenth century, marginalized writers were responding with anti-Cinderella narratives. Charles Chesnutt, Jesse Fauset, and the recently discovered novel of Hannah Crafts all challenge the American Cinderella expectations modeled in Louisa May Alcott’s “A Modern Cinderella.”