Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times

Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times

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This project provides an in-depth study of narratives about Bluebeard and his wives, or narratives with identifiable Bluebeard motifs, and the intertextual and extratextual personal, political, literary, and sociocultural factors that have made the tale a particularly fertile ground for an authora€™s adaptation of the story. Whereas Charles Dickens, for example, expresses a sympathetic identification with Bluebeard, and a discernable strain of misogyny emerges in his recreation of the tale and recurrent allusions to it, his contemporary, William Makepeace Thackeray, uses the tale as a springboard for his critique of avarice, hypocrisy, pretension, and the subjugation of women in Victorian society.In a remarkable essay titled a€œToilers and Spinsters, a€ which appeared in The Cornhill in 1861, Ritchie defends womena#39;s ... fiction and nonfiction) also resonates in her portrayal of Barbi as a potentially difficult husband with a strong temper that a future wife might well fear. In Ritchiea#39;s Riquet An la Houppe, a young British girl named Sylie (Sylvia), on summer vacation with her family in rural France, encountersanbsp;...


Title:Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times
Author: Shuli Barzilai
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-01-11
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