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Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies

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Publisher Comments:

Postmodern Fairy Tales seeks to understand the fairy tale not as children's literature but within the broader context of folklore and literary studies. It focuses on the narrative strategies through which women are portrayed in four classic stories: "Snow White," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Bluebeard." Bacchilega traces the oral sources of each tale, offers a provocative interpretation of contemporary versions by Angela Carter, Robert Coover, Donald Barthelme, Margaret Atwood, and Tanith Lee, and explores the ways in which the tales are transformed in film, television, and musicals.

Synopsis:

An extraordinary book, and a 'first' on the topic. . . . Bacchilega has a remarkable capacity to reveal the intersections of folklore, literature, and film. Her interpretations of classical folk-tale types and their postmodern revisions . . . are stunning.--Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota

About the Author

Cristina Bacchilega is Associate Professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and editor of the Italian-language volume La narrativa postmoderna in America: Testi e contesti.

Table of Contents

Performing wonders: postmodern revisions of fairy tales — The framing of "Snow White": narrative and gender (re)production — Not re(a)d once and for all: "Little Red Riding Hood"'s voice in performance — In the eye of the beholder: "Where is Beast?" — "Be bold, be bold, but not too bold": double agents and Bluebeard's plot — Epilogue. Peopling the bloody chambers: "Once upon many times" and "Once upon one time".

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812200638
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Subject:
History and criticism
Author:
Cristina Bacchilega
Author:
Bacchilega, Cristina
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Feminist
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
Literary Criticism : Children's Literature - General
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : Feminist
Subject:
Social Science : Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
January 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
208

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies
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Product details 208 pages University of Pennsylvania Press - English 9780812200638 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An extraordinary book, and a 'first' on the topic. . . . Bacchilega has a remarkable capacity to reveal the intersections of folklore, literature, and film. Her interpretations of classical folk-tale types and their postmodern revisions . . . are stunning.--Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota
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