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

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

by Lewis C. Seifert


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521026277
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/27/2006
Series: Cambridge Studies in French , #55
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 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; Afterword; Notes, Selected bibliography; Index.

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