Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale / Edition 1

Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale / Edition 1

by Catherine Orenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465041264

ISBN-13: 9780465041268

Pub. Date: 07/17/2003

Publisher: Basic Books


In Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked Catherine Orenstein reveals for the first time the intricate sexual politics, moral ambiguities, and philosophical underpinnings of Red Riding Hood's epic journey to her grandmother's house--and how, from the nursery on, fairy tales influence our view of the world. Beginning with its first publication as a cautionary tale…  See more details below

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In Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked Catherine Orenstein reveals for the first time the intricate sexual politics, moral ambiguities, and philosophical underpinnings of Red Riding Hood's epic journey to her grandmother's house--and how, from the nursery on, fairy tales influence our view of the world. Beginning with its first publication as a cautionary tale on the perils of seduction, written in reaction to the licentiousness of the court of Louis XIV, Orenstein traces the many lives the tale has lived since then, from its appearance in modern advertisements for cosmetics and automobiles, the inspiration it brought to poets such as Anne Sexton, and its starring role in pornographic films. In Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked, Red appears as seductress, hapless victim, riot grrrrl, femme fatale, and even she-wolf, as Orenstein shows how through centuries of different guises, the story has served as a barometer of social and sexual mores pertaining to women. Full of fascinating history, generous wit, and intelligent analysis, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked proves that the story of one young girl's trip through the woods continues to be one of our most compelling modern myths.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465041268
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
07/17/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
802,842
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.75(d)

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