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4). By implication, the narrative applauds Elizabeth’s good judgement in evading the heteronormative closure represented by her projected marriage to Ronald. Medievalist camp in picture books (and also, notably, in animated films) manifests most often in narratives which use the medieval to produce disjunctions between conventional gender stereotypes and the incongruity encoded in camp displays and performances (Mallan 2009: 160). In effect, the dragon and Prince Ronald function as a composite, and the camp elements of their depiction draw attention to the instability of hegemonic masculinity.