Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times

Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times

by Shuli Barzilai

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Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times by Shuli Barzilai

This project provides an in-depth study of narratives about Bluebeard and his wives, or narratives with identifiable Bluebeard motifs, and the intertextual and extratextual personal, political, literary, and sociocultural factors that have made the tale a particularly fertile ground for an author’s adaptation of the story. Whereas Charles Dickens, for example, expresses a sympathetic identification with Bluebeard, and a discernable strain of misogyny emerges in his recreation of the tale and recurrent allusions to it, his contemporary, William Makepeace Thackeray, uses the tale as a springboard for his critique of avarice, hypocrisy, pretension, and the subjugation of women in Victorian society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138868731
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/27/2015
Series: Routledge Studies in Folklore and Fairy Tales Series
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Shuli Barzilai is Professor of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Snake-Charmer's Wife in Genesis Rabbah 2. Charles Dickens and Captain Murderer 3. My. Thackeray's Closet 4. Miss Thackeray's Uses of Enchantment 5. The Infernal Desire Machines in Anne Thackeray Ritchie's Bluebeard's Keys and Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber" 6. The Bluebeard Syndrom in Margaret Atwood's Lady Oracle: Fear and Femininity 7. When Texts Get Together: The Party Consciousness in Margaret Atwood's "Bluebeard's Egg"

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