The following paper tries to socially understand gender norms and the possibility of subversion
of the recommended roles. Judith Butlers (1990) Performative theory of gender acts, discussed
probability of gender subversion in various societal conceptualizations of gender. The undertaken study, through
thematic analysis, investigated particular characters in a fairy tale, The land of stories: Beyond the kingdom
(2015). It was found that gender was a social construct, and it existed due to repeated and accepted socially
ascribed practices. The characters reconsidered gender through subversion by breaching the expected traditional
societal gender norms. Though, for the intelligibility, these reconsidered gender roles needed recurrence. The
findings also seemed to assert that the subversive acts could be shocking and unacceptable, but, they do not
possess the potential to terminate the established gender norms, rather, just assist the characters to meet their
ends, towards fresh identities and roles in the extensive societal dominion.
1-Zainab Akram Assistant Professor,Department of English,Sardar Bahadur Khan Womens University Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.2-Uzma Imtiaz Assistant Professor,Department of English,Fatima Jinnah Women's University Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Sumaira Shafiq Assistant Professor, Institute of Kashmir Studies,University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad, Pakistan.
Gender, Gender Subversion, Societal and Cultural Norms, Fairy tale