Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches / Edition 1

Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches / Edition 1

by Cathy Lynn Preston, Wayne State University Press
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814330304

ISBN-13: 9780814330302

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

In the 1970s, feminists focused critical attention on fairy tales and broke the spell that had enchanted readers for centuries. By exposing the role of fairy tales in the cultural struggle over gender, feminism transformed fairy-tale studies and sparked a debate that would change the way society thinks about fairy tales and the words "happily ever after."

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Overview

In the 1970s, feminists focused critical attention on fairy tales and broke the spell that had enchanted readers for centuries. By exposing the role of fairy tales in the cultural struggle over gender, feminism transformed fairy-tale studies and sparked a debate that would change the way society thinks about fairy tales and the words "happily ever after." Now, after three decades of provocative criticism and controversy, this book reevaluates the feminist critique of fairy tales.

The eleven essays within Fairy Tales and Feminism challenge and rethink conventional wisdom about the fairy-tale heroine and offer new insights into the tales produced by female writers and storytellers. Resisting a one-dimensional view of the woman-centered fairy tale, each essay reveals ambiguities in female-authored tales and the remarkable potential of classical tales to elicit unexpected responses from women. Exploring new texts and contexts, Fairy Tales and Feminism reaches out beyond the national and cultural boundaries that have limited our understanding of the fairy tale. The authors reconsider the fairy tale in French, German, and Anglo-American contexts and also engage African, Indian Ocean, Iberian, Latin American, Indo-Anglian, and South Asian diasporic texts. Also considered within this volume is how film, television, advertising, and the Internet test the fairy tale's boundaries and its traditional authority in defining gender.

From the Middle Ages to the postmodern age-from the French fabliau to Hollywood's Ever After and television's Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?-the essays assembled here cover a broad range of topics that map new territory for fairy-tale studies. Framed by a critical survey of feminist fairy-tale scholarship and an extensive bibliography-the most comprehensive listing of women-centered fairy-tale research ever assembled-Fairy Tales and Feminism is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the intersection of fairy tales and feminism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814330302
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Series in Fairy-Tale Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
868,359
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Feminist Fairy-Tale Scholarship1
2Fertility Control and the Birth of the Modern European Fairy-Tale Heroine37
3On Fairy Tales, Subversion, and Ambiguity: Feminist Approaches to Seventeenth-Century Contes de fees53
4German Fairy Tales: A User's Manual. Translations of Six Frames and Fragments by Romantic Women73
5The Mirror Broken: Women's Autobiography and Fairy Tales99
6Fire and Water: A Journey into the Heart of a Story113
7The Fairy-Tale Intertext in Iberian and Latin American Women's Writing129
8Babes in the Bosque: Fairy Tales in Twentieth-Century Argentine Women's Writing149
9Creolization as Agency in Woman-Centered Folktales169
10Genre and Gender in the Cultural Reproduction of India as "Wonder" Tale179
11Disrupting the Boundaries of Genre and Gender: Postmodernism and the Fairy Tale197
Bibliography213
Contributors243
Index247

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