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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall : Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales

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Fairy tales and their exaggerated characters, from the "evil stepmother" to the "virginal bride, " have been a resonant chord throughout Western culture, providing provocative challenges to and mirrors of women's complex sense of themselves - and the expectations of the world around them. In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Kate Bernheimer brings together twenty-four of our foremost contemporary women writers to discuss, in poetic narratives, evocative personal histories, and penetrating essays, how the fairy tales we all grew up with - from "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood" to "Bluebeard" and "The Princess and the Pea" - have affected their emotional lives, their work, and the culture they live in. For some of the writers, fairy tales were their first formative experience of literature, and several turned to fairy tales in creating their own fiction as adults. Others rebelled utterly at the cultural stereotypes and the roles assigned to women in these tales, and in their essays explore the impact such fairy tales have had on our mores and thinking.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 341 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Anchor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0385486812
  • 9780385486811
  • 265,893

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Fairy tales and their exaggerated characters, from the "evil stepmother" to the "virginal bride", have been a resonant chord throughout Western culture, providing provocative challenges to and mirrors of women's complex sense of themselves - and the expectations of the world around them. In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Kate Bernheimer brings together twenty-four of our foremost contemporary women writers to discuss, in poetic narratives, evocative personal histories, and penetrating essays, how the fairy tales we all grew up with - from "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood" to "Bluebeard" and "The Princess and the Pea" - have affected their emotional lives, their work, and the culture they live in. For some of the writers, fairy tales were their first formative experience of literature, and several turned to fairy tales in creating their own fiction as adults. Others rebelled utterly at the cultural stereotypes and the roles assigned to women in these tales, and in their essays explore the impact such fairy tales have had on our mores and thinking.show more

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New edition (revised and expanded) available 8/13/02. Fairy tales are one of the most enduring forms of literature, their plots retold and characters reimagined for centuries. In this elegant and thought-provoking collection of original essays, Kate Bernheimer brings together twenty-eight leading women writers to discuss how these stories helped shape their imaginations, their craft, and our culture. In poetic narratives, personal histories, and penetrating commentary, the assembled authors bare their soul and challenge received wisdom. Eclectic and wide-ranging, "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall is essential reading for anyone who has ever been bewitched by the strange and fanciful realm of fairy tales. Contributors include: Alice Adams, Julia Alvarez, Margaret Atwood, Ann Beattie, Rosellen Brown, A. S. Byatt, Kathryn Davis, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Deborah Eisenberg, Maria Flook, Patricia Foster, Vivian Gornick, Lucy Grealy, bell hooks, Fanny Howe, Fern Kupfer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Carole Maso, Jane Miller, Lydia Millet, Joyce Carol Oates, Connie Porter, Francine Prose, Linda Gray Sexton, Midori Snyder, Fay Weldon, Joy Williams, Terri Windling.show more

Table of contents

CONTENTS Introduction Alice Adams The Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood in the Coffin House Julia Alvarez An Autobiography of Scheherazade Margaret Atwood Of Souls as Birds Ann Beattie John, Whose Disappearance Was Too Bad Rosellen Brown It Is You the Fable Is About A. S. Byatt Ice, Snow, Glass Kathryn Davis Why I Don't Like Reading Fairy Tales Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni The Princess in the Palace of Snakes Deborah Eisenberg In a Trance of Self Maria Flook The Rope Bridge to Sex Patricia Foster Little Red Cap Vivian Gornick Taking a Long Hard Look at "The Princess and the Pea" Lucy Grealy Girl bell hooks To Love Justice Fanny Howe Fairies Fern Kupfer Trust Ursula K. Le Guin The Wilderness Within Carole Maso Exquisite Hour Jane Miller Midnights Lydia Millet The Wife Kller Joyce Carol Oates In Olden Times, When Wishing Was Having: Classic and Contemporary Fairy Tales Connie Porter Rapunzel Across Time and Space Francine Prose Sleeping Beauty Linda Gray Sexton Bones and Black Puddings: Revisiting "The Juniper Tree" Midori Snyder The Monkey Girl Fay Weldon The Journey to Mr. Fox Joy Williams Baba Yaga Terri Windling Transformationsshow more