Maleficent (2014) is a postmodern retelling of
Disney’s well acclaimed Sleeping Beauty (1959) based on
Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant. The title of the film
represents the evil antagonist of Sleeping Beauty as the
protagonist. Maleficent’s characterisation challenges
the existing binaries as she is both innocent and guilty;
powerful and vulnerable; revengeful and loving; and
good as well as the evil. This paper aims to explore
Maleficent as a feminist re-visioning of Sleeping Beauty.
It makEspecially use of two frames of reading:
postmodernism and feminism. Adrienne Rich’s concept
of re-vision is used to subvert the gender roles and
patriarchal norms of the sleeping beauty myth in
Keywords : Deconstruction, Revisioning, Archetypes, Gender Performitivity, Subversion.