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Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned : Enchanted Stories from the French Decadent Tradition

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The wolf is tricked by Red Riding Hood into strangling her grandmother and is subsequently arrested. Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella do not live happily ever after. And the fairies are saucy, angry, and capricious. Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned collects thirty-six tales, many newly translated, by writers associated with the decadent literary movement, which flourished in France in the late nineteenth century. Written by such creative luminaries as Charles Baudelaire, Anatole France, and Guillaume Apollinaire, these enchanting yet troubling stories reflect the concerns and fascinations of a time of great political, social, and cultural change. Recasting well-known favorites from classic French fairy tales, as well as Arthurian legends and English and German tales, the updated interpretations in this collection allow for more perverse settings and disillusioned perspectives-a trademark style and ethos of the decadent tradition.In these stories, characters puncture the optimism of the naive, talismans don't work, and the most deserving don't always get the best rewards. The fairies are commonly victims of modern cynicism and technological advancement, but just as often are dangerous creatures corrupted by contemporary society. The collection underlines such decadent themes as the decline of civilization, the degeneration of magic and the unreal, gender confusion, and the incursion of the industrial. The volume editors provide an informative introduction, biographical notes for each author, and explanatory notes throughout.Subverting the conventions of the traditional fairy tale, these old tales made new will entertain and startle even the most disenchanted readers.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 25.4mm | 425g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 14 b&w illus.
  • 0691161658
  • 9780691161655
  • 113,762

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"This is a valuable collection of 36 tales, originally written from 1870-1914, by 19 French authors. Most, though not all, were well-known writers associated with the decadent movement. . . . This is a wonderful resource for scholars of fairy tales and decadent literature and a timely, thought-provoking collection for nonspecialists."--Choice "In these deliberately tarnished tales . . . wondrousness mainly shines through in their often beautiful imagery."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post "It's easy to see why Fairy Tales For the Disillusioned is capturing rave reviews. Our cultural climate is ripe for such a round of stories and, as the series from which it appears states, these are, indeed Oddly Modern Fairy Tales."--Once Upon a Blog "[S]ometimes sardonic, sometimes brutal, often blackly funny and possessed of a peculiarly modern sensibility."--Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald "[F]un and intriguing . . . . [E]xcellent windows into a period in history, especially in France, when politics and world strife . . . made it hard to embrace the [happily ever after] of the popular fairy tales."--Heidi Anne Heiner, SurLaLune Fairy Talesshow more

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"Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned brings together fairy tales by canonical and noncanonical nineteenth-century French authors. Many of these works have not been anthologized for an English audience--nor a French one--and these translated texts provide a complex view not only of the decadent tale but also of the possibilities of the fairy tale in general."--Anne E. Duggan, author of Queer Enchantments "French fairy tales are too often associated only with the emergence of the genre, especially Charles Perrault's influential stories, and then much later with fairy-tale films. Where did all the fairies go in the nineteenth century? Featuring a wide range of translated decadent fairy tales from France, this welcome and entertaining collection fills a large gap in English readers' access to such texts. It will definitely have a place in my library."--Cristina Bacchilega, author of Fairy Tales Transformed?show more

About Gretchen Schultz

Gretchen Schultz is professor of French studies at Brown University. Her recent books include Sapphic Fathers: Discourses of Same-Sex Desire from Nineteenth-Century France and An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women's Poetry from France. Lewis Seifert is professor of French studies at Brown University. He is the author of Fairy Tales, Sexuality, and Gender in France, 1690-1715 and Manning the Margins: Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-Century France.show more

Table of contents

List of Illustrations xiTranslators' Note and Acknowledgments xiiiIntroduction xviiTALESCharles BaudelaireFairies' Gifts 3Alphonse DaudetThe Fairies of France 6Catulle MendesDreaming Beauty 11Isolina / Isolin 17The Way to Heaven 22An Unsuitable Guest 27The Three Good Fairies 31The Last Fairy 36The Lucky Find 41The Wish Granted, Alas! 45Jules LemaitreThe Suitors of Princess Mimi 48Liette's Notions 60On the Margins of Perrault's Fairy Tales: The White Rabbit and the Four-Leaf Clover 68Paul AreneThe Ogresses 72Jules RicardFairy Morgane's Tales: Nocturne II 77Marcel SchwobBluebeard's Little Wife 84The Green She-Devil 88Cice 92Mandosiane 95WillyFairy Tales for the Disillusioned 101Henri de RegnierThe Living Door Knocker 108RachildeThe Mortis 115Jacques d'Adelsward-FersenSleeping Beauty Didn't Wake Up 128Jean LorrainPrincess of the Red Lilies 137Princess Snowflower 142Mandosiane in Captivity 148Renee VivienPrince Charming 152Albert MockelThe Story of the Prince of Valandeuse 157The Pleasant Surprise 165Pierre VeberThe Last Fairy 173Anatole FranceThe Seven Wives of Bluebeard 183The Story of the Duchess of Cicogne and of Monsieur de Boulingrin 210Emile BergeratThe 28-Kilometer Boots 226Cinderella Arrives by Automobile 233Guillaume ApollinaireCinderella Continued, or the Rat and the Six Lizards 238Claude CahunCinderella, the Humble and Haughty Child 243Bibliography 247Biographical Notes 251show more

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"Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned brings together fairy tales by canonical and noncanonical nineteenth-century French authors. Many of these works have not been anthologized for an English audience - nor a French one - and these translated texts provide a complex view not only of the decadent tale but also of the possibilities of the fairy tale in general."--Anne E. Duggan, author of Queer Enchantmentsshow more

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