This study looks beyond the Freudian interpretation of fairy tales, to the tellers of the tales, and to the social and cultural contexts in which the tales are told and re-told through the centuries, from the ancient sibyls to the 18th-century "salonieres", and from Disney to Angela Carter. The value and enduring popularity of folk and fairy tales derives not only from their mythic significance but, crucially, from the fact that their concerns are rooted in the material world. Warner looks at favourite tales, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Bluebeard", and a rich vein of other tales, in a historical perspective, showing how often the tellers were women - nurses, grandmothers, midwives, the 18th-century women who had no alternative literary voice - who produced tales to deal with actual, urgent dilemmas in the lives of their listeners: men, matrimony, sex and morality. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c1997.
Book — xi, 208 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
"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 stunnin. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
A second collection of fairy tales by Angela Carter involving more alluring women, ailing warriors, enchantresses and seekers of revenge. They come from every corner of the globe to haunt, to entice, transform and even to help. (source: Nielsen Book Data)