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By Ruth B. Bottigheimer

Overturns conventional perspectives of the origins of fairy stories and files their real origins and transmission.

Where did Cinderella come from? Puss in Boots? Rapunzel? The origins of fairy stories are checked out in a brand new approach in those hugely attractive pages. traditional knowledge holds that fairy stories originated within the oral traditions of peasants and have been recorded for posterity by way of the Brothers Grimm through the 19th century. Ruth B. Bottigheimer overturns this view in a full of life account of the origins of those well-loved tales. Charles Perrault created Cinderella and her fairy godmother, yet no countrywoman whispered this story into Perrault’s ear. in its place, his Cinderella seemed in simple terms after he had edited it from the booklet of usually amoral stories released through Giambattista Basile in Naples. Distinguishing fairy stories from folktales and displaying the impact of the medieval romance on them, Bottigheimer files how fairy stories originated as city writing for city readers and listeners. operating backward from the Grimms to the earliest recognized sixteenth-century fairy stories of the Italian Renaissance, Bottigheimer argues for a book-based heritage of fairy stories. the 1st new method of fairy story background in a long time, this ebook solutions questions about the place fairy stories got here from and the way they unfold, illuminating a story approach lengthy veiled through surmise and assumption.

“Bottingheimer’s paintings is as continually provocative and interesting.” — magazine of yank Folklore

“The genius of this narrow quantity isn't really rather a lot that it offers a wholly ‘new history,’ yet particularly that it offers not just Bottigheimer’s examine but in addition that of John Ellis, Heinz Rölleke, Nancy Canepa, and so on in cogent, persuasive, eminently readable prose … a desirable examine in intertextuality, this booklet features a precious record of the seventy seven stories mentioned, classified by means of the author.” — CHOICE

“Some students say that, even if one concurs with all of Bottigheimer’s conclusions, her paintings is an invaluable wondering of popularly held beliefs.” — Chronicle Review

“This booklet will perpetually swap the best way that students and readers view a genre—the literary fairy tale—that continues to be important today.” — Suzanne Magnanini, writer of Fairy-Tale technological know-how: huge iteration within the stories of Straparola and Basile

Ruth B. Bottigheimer teaches ecu fairy stories and British children’s literature at Stony Brook collage, kingdom collage of latest York. She is the coeditor (with Leela Prasad and Lalita Handoo) of Gender and tale in South India, additionally released by means of SUNY Press, and the writer of numerous books, together with Fairy Godfather: Straparola, Venice, and the Fairy story Tradition.

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