Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 208 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

PERFORMING WONDERS POSTMODERN REVISIONS OF FAIRY TALES
1
THE FRAMING OF SNOW WHITE NARRATIVE AND GENDER REPRODUCTION
27
NOT READ ONCE AND FOR ALL LITTLE RED RIDING HOODS VOICES IN PERFORMANCE
49
IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER WHERE IS BEAST?
71
BE BOLD BE BOLD BUT NOT TOO BOLD DOUBLE AGENTS AND BLUEBEARDS PLOT
103
PEOPLING THE BLOODY CHAMBERS ONCE UPON MANY TIMES AND ONCE UPON ONETIME
139
NOTES
147
WORKS CITED
191
INDEX
205
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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.

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