Institute for English Language and Literature
Freie Universitaet Berlin
Venus Mei Yee Lui, originally from Hong Kong, is currently studying for a Master’s degree in English Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She holds a BA in English, which she received from the School of Humanities and Social Science, Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong. Her thesis is related to children’s literature and socialization. Her paper explores the relationship between fairy tales and socialization, and focuses on the presentation of female characters in fairy tales, which should be considered as the stereotype of gender. Her current research is about the relationship between culture studies and technology.
Venus' research explores the relationship between fairy tales and socialization, which focuses on the presentation of female characters in fairy tales, suggesting that fairy tales were used as the educational tool to present the reality to the reader in the past, and the presentation of female characters should be considered as the stereotype of gender. This research concentrates on domestic tales and rags-to-riches stories. The female characters in the domestic stories are depicted as the weaker gender all the time, as they are always rescued by the male characters in the stories, and they are usually described as timid and domestic. This research suggests that the characterization of the female characters in fairy tales would be the reflection of socialization in the sixteen and seventeenth centuries, due to the influence by the censorship in different countries, and also the gender stereotype.