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In1697, Charles Perrault published his famous collection of tales entitled Histoires ou Contes du temps passe, which consisted of new versions of “sleeping Beauty,” “Little Red Ridin Hood,” “Cinderella,” “TomThumb,” “Riquet with the Tuft,” “Puss in Boots,” and “The Fairies.”

By 1696, Perrault had embarked on a more ambitious projrct of transformeing several popular folk tales with alldemonstrate a modern approach to literature. their superstitious beliefs and magic into moralistic tales with an ironic rational style that would appeal to children and adults and

Along with the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, Perrault’s narratives have become the incarnation of canonical literature. That is, they are regarded as the definitive classical fairy tales for children and adults. 32 more words

In recent times, Perrault’s tales have been exhaustively examined from different critical perspectives―philological, psychological, feminist, Marxist, historical, anthropological, and so on. Although they have often been “reduced” to children’s tales, the scholarly interpretations reveal just how subtle and complex they are and how much they still resonate in “adult” minds.

Charles Perrault (1628-1703) was a civil servant and a member of L’Academie francaise engaged in the literary affairs of his day. His fairy tales were first published under a pseudonym in 1697.

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Bluebeard’s Heart of Darkness

Even in our scientific age we humans still tell stories, indeed it seems we need to tell stories. Stories to try to make sense of our lives and stories to try to understand our world. 3,903 more words


Books for children: history, folk-tale, and legend

Over the past few months I’ve read several good books for children on historical and legendary subjects, and I pass on a few notes:

Crossbows & Crucifixes… 993 more words