Oedipus Pan

For a long time, Peter on the stage was played by a young woman in tights – the rump, as it were, of late Victorian theatre. A nubile woman
in the role, with her frank appeal to the heterosexual adult tastes of
the fathers in the house, obscured the difficult matters of child
sexuality, sibling hatred and child-death that infest the play and may
be defined as everything Walt Disney omitted from his 1953 cartoon.

With the release of Finding Neverland, The Times Literary Supplement re-examines J.M. Barrie’s Freudian and Oedipal story, Peter Pan.

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One Response to Oedipus Pan

  1. Inkan1969 says:

    Omitted? I think the movie instead merely reassigned to Tinkerbell the roll of the rump of late Victorian theatre. :-)

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