The Lost Princess

The Lost Princess Women Writers and the History of Classic Fairy Tales

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Publisher's Synopsis

Once upon a time: the forgotten female fabulists whose heroines flipped the fairy tale script.
People often associate fairy tales with Disney films and with the male authors from whom Disney often drew inspiration-notably Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen. In these portrayals, the princess is a passive, compliant figure. By contrast, The Lost Princess shows that classic fairy tales such as "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," and "Beauty and the Beast" have a much richer, more complex history than Disney's saccharine depictions. Anne E. Duggan recovers the voices of women writers such as Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy, Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier, and Charlotte-Rose de La Force, who penned popular tales about ogre-killing, pregnant, cross-dressing, dynamic heroines who saved the day. This new history will appeal to anyone who wants to know more about the lost, plucky heroines of historic fairy tales.

Book information

ISBN: 9781789147698
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Imprint: Reaktion Books
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Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 482g
Height: 146mm
Width: 224mm
Spine width: 28mm