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Fairy Tales, Sexuality, and Gender in France, 1690–1715
Nostalgic Utopias

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Part of Cambridge Studies in French

  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026277

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  • Between 1690 and 1715, well over one hundred literary fairy tales appeared in France, two-thirds of them written by women. The first part of this book situates the rise of this genre within the literary and historical context of late-seventeenth-century France, and the second part examines the representation of sexuality, masculinity and femininity within selected groups of tales. The book proposes a new model for the application of feminist and gender theory to the literary fairy tale, from whatever national tradition.

    • This book studies texts including early versions of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty
    • It shows the specific perspectives that women writers brought to the genre, and offers a new approach to sexuality and gender in fairy tales
    • The 114 tales discussed - of which two-thirds were by women writers - influenced many later writers of fairy tales, including the Grimms
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is in many ways an outstanding scholarly achievement." Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, Vol. 11,Nos. 1-2

    "This impressive study provides great insight into not only the Marvellous and the conte de fées, but also issues of sexuality and gender under the ancien régime and at times of cultural transition and unease in general. It is a compelling tale, well told." Mererid Puw Davies, Eighteenth Century Fiction

    "Seifert provides us with a solid and learned study of French fairy tale in its beginnings. He has much to tell us, and he shows us that we have much to learn." Modern Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026277
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.383kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Marvelous Storytelling:
    1. Marvelous realities: toward an understanding of the merveilleux
    2. Reading (and) the ironies of the marvelous
    3. The marvelous in context: the place of the contes de fées in late seventeenth-century France
    Part II. Marvelous Desires:
    4. Quests for love: visions of sexuality
    5. (De)mystifications of masculinity: fictios of transcendence
    6. Imagining femininity: binarity and beyond
    Notes, Selected bibliography

  • Author

    Lewis C. Seifert, Brown University, Rhode Island

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