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Storyman
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(12/21/01 6:54:33 am)
Looking for French Fairy Tales
Morning - I'm enrolled in a directed studies course in which I am studying the French Fairy Tale authors of the 17th century salons. I've found quite a lot of information on Marie Catherine d'Aulnoy but hardly anything on Marie-Jean l'Heritier. L'Heritier was the niece of Charles Perreault. Search engines bring up some info, but not whether her works are available in English (I do read French but haltingly). Any ideas or directions towards l"Heritier would be most appreciated.

Terri
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(12/22/01 6:40:18 am)
Re: Looking for French Fairy Tales
What a great thing to be studying! I'm envious....
Have you tried Jack Zipes's French fairy tale collection Beauties, Beasts and Enchantments? That's the most complete collection of French salon tales in English that I know of. There's also Wonder Tales edited by Marina Warner, a shorter book but with some wonderful translations by a variety of contemporary writers. For nonfiction on the subject, try: Nancy Canepa's Out of the Woods: The Origins of the Literary Fairy Tale in Italy and France; Lewis C. Seifertís Fairy Tales, Sexuality and Gender in France, 1670-1715: Patricia Hannonís Fabulous Identities; and Elizabeth Wanning Harries's new book Twice Upon a Time: Women Writers and the History of the Fairy Tale. Also check out back issues of Don's excellent Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies: www.langlab.wayne.edu/MarvelsHome/Marvels_Tales.html.

Two other web sites to try:
www.endicott-studio.com/forconte.html and iabramson.web.wesleyan.edu/salons.htm.

Also, Delia Sherman's fine historical novel The Porcelain Dove was directly inspired by traditional French fairy tales. It's not a retelling of any one tale, but uses elements from a variety of them to explore issues of gender and domestic power relationships during the days of the French Revolution.

Edited by: Terri at: 12/22/01 6:44:09 am
Storyman
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(1/2/02 6:32:04 am)
Re: Looking for French Fairy Tales
Thank you thank you thank you. Sorry I've not replied until now....work and all that. I'm excited about the websites you provided. Bless you for your help.

Have a great New Year.

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