(7/29/02 4:14:35 pm)
| More about Little Red Riding Hood|
Has anyone read or received a copy of this book yet?
Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale
by Catherine Orenstein
Here's a link:
It just came out and I am curious but can't afford to keep buying the latest stuff. I can't keep up!
It probably just rehashes stuff already discussed by Zipes, Dundes, Warner, etc., but it is interesting that so many books about Little Red get published when other tales are so woefully neglected.
Edited by: Heidi Anne Heiner at: 7/29/02 4:16:11 pm
(7/29/02 5:13:56 pm)
Thanks for posting! This looks *quite* interesting... definitely
makes my list of "unaffordable things to covet." My theory
about Little Red Riding Hood's popularity as opposed to those of
other tales is that, initially, that it allowed readers to make
a bit of an end-run around the problematic issues raised by other
tales. There is violence, yes, and the threat of abuse ... but in
the traditional versions, at the end, Little Red Riding Hood is
not married, and still (if one ignores the implications of her having
been in bed with the wolf) a maiden. There are no vague shadings
(i.e., the survival of the incestuous kings in many of the Donkeyskin
tales). Justice has been done. Afterwards, when the subtleties of
the tale came to be examined, there was simply more available scholarship;
far more logical to study a topic with plentiful resources, then
to try to do an exhaustive survey of say, "The Star Talers,"
which, despite multiple variants, doesn't even get its own listing
in Aarne-Thompson. Instead, it's lumped into 779 under "Miscellaneous
Divine Rewards and Punishments." Just my speculations, though
... I could be totally off (alternate theory; the resounding truths
of the tale concerning gender roles and societal dangers). Or maybe
a bit of both.
(7/30/02 2:06:07 am)
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I've got this on order but haven't received it yet. I'll let y'all know what it's like.
(7/30/02 9:17:57 am)
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There was a decent review of the book this past weekend in the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Oh, Little Red Riding Hood, What Big Meanings You Have." The reviewer, Shannon Geary, is a doctoral candidate in folklore at the U of Pennsylvania.
You can read her review online at www.philly.com/mld/inquir...752368.htm