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Author Seifert, Lewis Carl.

Title Fairy tales, sexuality, and gender in France, 1690-1715 : nostalgic utopias / Lewis C. Seifert.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  398.353 SEIF    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 276 p. ; 22 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in French ; 55
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-270) and index.
Contents 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 fees in late seventeenth-century France -- 4. Quests for love: visions of sexuality -- 5. (De)mystifications of masculinity: fictions of transcendence -- 6. Imagining femininity: binarity and beyond.
Summary Between 1690 and 1715, well over one hundred literary fairy tales appeared in France, two-thirds of them written by women. This book explores why fashionable adults were attracted to this new literary genre and considers how it became a medium for reconceiving literary and historical discourses of sexuality and gender. Integrating socio-historical, structuralist, and post-structuralist approaches, Seifert argues that these fairy tales use the "marvelous" (or supernatural) to mediate between conflicting cultural desires, particularly between nostalgia and utopian longings.
Subject Fairy tales -- France -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Sex in literature.
Gender identity in literature.
Marvelous, The, in literature.
ISBN 052155005X (hc)