Secrets beyond the Door: The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives / Edition 1

Secrets beyond the Door: The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives / Edition 1

by Maria Tatar
     
 

"Learned. Readable. Entertaining. This is a fascinating exploration of a story that in one sense never changes, but at the same time is always changing, illuminating shifting cultural attitudes about marriage, secrecy, enterprising women and withheld men. Tatar has produced a vivid kaleidoscope of curious women and the mistrust they arouse."—Nina Auerbach,

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"Learned. Readable. Entertaining. This is a fascinating exploration of a story that in one sense never changes, but at the same time is always changing, illuminating shifting cultural attitudes about marriage, secrecy, enterprising women and withheld men. Tatar has produced a vivid kaleidoscope of curious women and the mistrust they arouse."—Nina Auerbach, University of Pennsylvania

"A brisk, often breezy survey of one of the foundational stories of modern culture and its sexual mythologies. Tatar's book traces the changing, but still robust, reputation of Bluebeard's wife from its first wide dissemination in fairy tale and folklore to its later reworkings in literature, film, opera and cultural criticism. Tatar herself has been indefatigably curious in collecting various versions of the tale and in sighting otherwise almost invisible references to Bluebeard and his wife in contemporary literature."—Maria DiBattista, Princeton University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691127835
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,264,209
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Introduction1
Chapter 1The Attractions of "Bluebeard": The Origins and Fortunes of a Folktale11
Chapter 2"Have you ever really been afraid?...of a man?...of a house?...of yourself?": Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, and Modern Gothics67
Chapter 3Investigative Pleasures: Bluebeard's Wife in Hollywood89
Chapter 4Rewriting "Bluebeard": Resisting the Cult of Death108
Chapter 5Monstrous Wives: Bluebeard as Criminal and Cultural Hero132
Chapter 6The Art of Murder: Bluebeard as Artist and Aesthete152
Epilogue169
AppendixCultural Variants of "Bluebeard"175
"Bluebeard"175
"The Robber Bridegroom"179
"Fitcher's Bird"182
"Mr. Fox"185
"How the Devil Married Three Sisters"187
"The Hen Is Tripping in the Mountain"190
"The White Dove"194
"Mr. Fox"198
"How the Helpmate of Blue-Beard Made Free with a Door"202
"Blue-Beard's Closet," 1861205
Untitled Bluebeard Sonnet207
Notes209
Bibliography225
Primary Literature225
Secondary Literature229
Films239
Index241

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