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Yet both brothers must also have recognized that fairy tales were far from culturally innocent, for they extolled the "civilizing" power of the tales and conceived of their collection as a "manual of manners" for children.
The myth of fairy tales as a kind of holy scripture was energetically propagated by Charles Dickens, who brought to the literature of childhood the same devout reverence he accorded children. Forebearance, courtesy, consideration for the poor and aged, kind treatment of 5 6 7 5.
Warner, Beast Excerpted below, p. Auden decreed the Grimms' fairy tales to be "among the few indispensable, common-property books upon which Western culture can be founded. Such a mystification promotes a hands-off attitude and conceals the fact that fairy tales, like "high art," are squarely implicated in the complex, yet not impenetrable, symbolic codes that permeate our cultural stories.
Despite efforts to deflect critical attention from fairy tales, the stories themselves have attracted the attention of scholars in disciplinary corners ranging from psychology and anthropology through religion and history to cultural studies and literary theory.
Every culture has its myths, fairy tales, and fables, but few cultures have mobilized as much critical energy as has ours of late to debate the merits of these stories.
Margaret Atwood, whose personal and literary engagement with fairy tales is no secret, has written vividly about her childhood encounter with an unexpurgated version of Grimms' Fairy Tales: "Where else could I have gotten the idea," she asserts, "so early in life, that words can change you?
As Stephen Greenblatt has observed, "the work of art is not the passive surface on which.
Carolyn Heilbrun has also addressed the question of how the stories circulating in our culture regulate our lives and fashion our identities: 8 9 1 2 Let us agree on this: that we live our lives through texts. These may be read, or chanted, or experienced electronically, or come to us, like the murmurings of our mothers, telling us of what conventions de8. Whatever their form or medium, these stories are what have formed us all, they are what we must use to make our new fictions.
Out of old tales, we must make new lives. How we go about mobilizing fairy tales to help us form new social roles and identities is a hotly contested question. This volume furnishes examples of each of these strategies, providing "classic" versions of specific tale types side by side with less well known versions from other cultures and inspired literary efforts to recast the tales. Andrea Dworkin refuses to countenance the possibility of preserving tales that were more or less forced upon us and that have been so effective in promoting stereotypical gender roles: We have not formed that ancient world [of fairy tales]—it has formed us.
We ingested it as children whole, had its values and consciousness imprinted on our minds as cultural absolutes long before we were in fact men and women. We have taken the fairy tales of childhood with us into maturity, chewed but still lying in the stomach, as real identity.
Between Snow-white and her heroic prince, our two great fictions, we never did have much of a chance. Gretel, not Hansel, defeats the Witch; and for every clever youngest son there is a youngest daughter equally resourceful. The contrast is greatest in maturity, 3. Real help for the hero or heroine comes most frequently from a fairy godmother or wise woman, and real trouble from a witch or wicked stepmother.
To prepare children for women's liberation, therefore, and to protect them against Future Shock, you had better buy at least one collection of fairy tales. Do we side with those who denounce fairy tales for their melodrama and violence or with the psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, who finds them crucial to a child's healthy mental development? Margaret Atwood would answer by saying "It depends. Just as there is no definitive version of "Little Red Riding Hood," there is also no definitive interpretation of her story.
All are of historical interest, revealing the ways in which a story has adapted to a culture and been shaped by its social practices. The new story may be ideologically correct or ideologically suspect, but it can always serve as the point of departure for debate, critique, and dialogue.
In this volume, I have tried to convey a sense of the rich cultural archive behind stories that we tend to flatten out with the monolithic labels "Little Red Riding Hood," "Snow White," or "Cinderella. Atwood, "Grimms' Remembered," Rosemary Minard, ed. On the other hand, we have a rival tradition of heretical stories established by folklorists who have sought to unearth buried cultural treasures and to conduct archaeological exercises designed to connect us with a subversive dimension of our collective past.
In addition to this twin folkloric legacy, we have the reinventions of such authors as Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde, who, in competing with the raconteurs of old, attempted to supplant their narratives and to provide new cultural texts on which to model our lives. Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde can be seen as moving in an imitative mode, attempting to capture the style and spirit of folk raconteurs in their literary efforts.
Yet their fairy tales, with their self-consciously artless expressions and calculated didactic effects, diverge dramatically from the traditional tales of folk cultures.
What both Andersen and Wilde seem to have forgotten is that the folktale thrives on conflict and contrast, not on sentiment and pathos. Feminist writers have resisted the temptation to move in the imitative mode, choosing instead the route of critique and parody in their recastings of tales.
For Anne Sexton, for example, the history and wisdom of the past embedded in fairy tales is less important than the construction of new cultural signposts for coping with "being alive. Ethel Johnston Phelps, ed. Carter, Virago, xiv. She positions herself as speaker, "my face in a book" presumably the Grimms' Nursery and Household Tales , with "mouth wide, ready to tell you a story or two.
Nowhere is her critique of romantic love, of the "happily ever after" of fairy tales, more searingly expressed than in the final strophe of "Cinderella": 2 Cinderella and the prince lived, they say, happily ever after, like two dolls in a museum case never bothered by diapers and dust, never arguing over the timing of an egg, never telling the same story twice, never getting a middle-aged spread, their darling smiles pasted on for eternity. Regular Bobbsey Twins.
That story. Sexton's transformations reveal the gap between "that story" and reality, yet at the same time expose the specious terms of "that story," showing how intolerable it would be, even if true.
Sexton enters into an impassioned dialogue with the Grimm brothers, contesting their premises, interrogating their plots, and reinventing their conclusions.
Other writers, recognizing the social energy of these tales, have followed her lead, rewriting and recasting stories told by Perrault, the Grimms, Madame de Beaumont, and Hans Christian Andersen.
In some cases it will be so muted that many readers will be unaware of the intertextual connection with fairy tales. The Piano, dir. Jane Campion, Miramax, Carter aims above all to demystify these sacred cultural texts, to show that we can break their magical spells and that social change is possible once we become aware of the stories that have guided our social, moral, and personal development.
Margaret Atwood's novels and short stories also enact and critique the plots of fairy tales, showing the degree to which these stories inform our affective life, programming our responses to romance, defining our desires, and constructing our anxieties.
Like Sally, the fictional heroine of Atwood's "Bluebeard's Egg," Atwood questions the seemingly timeless and universal truths of our cultural stories by reflecting on their assumptions and exploring the ways in which they can be subverted through rewritings. The life story of the heroine of Jane Eyre can be read as a one-woman crusade and act of resistance to the roles modeled for girls and women in fairy tales. What does it mean? I did not think I should tremble in this way when I saw him—or lose my voice or the power of motion in his presence" She reinvents herself and produces a radically new cultural script, the one embodied in 4 5 4.
Dunn New York: Norton, But had Dickens been aware of Red Riding Hood's folkloric origins, he might have been more guarded in his enthusiasm for Perrault's "pretty village girl" or the Grimms' "dear little girl.
For centuries, farm laborers and household workers relied on the telling of tales to shorten the hours devoted to repetitive harvesting tasks and domestic chores.
While the tale recounts a girl's trip to grandmother's house and her encounter with a wolf, the resemblance to Perrault's "Little Red Riding Hood" and the Grimms' "Little Red Cap" ends there.
This Gallic heroine escapes falling victim to the wolf and instead joins the ranks of trickster figures. Although Delarue's "Story of Grandmother" was not recorded until almost two centuries after Perrault wrote down the story of "Little 1 Bracketed page numbers refer to this Norton Critical Edition. T h e "peasant girl" of the oral tradition is, as Jack Zipes points out, "forthright, brave, and shrewd.
Perrault changed all that when he put her story between the covers of a book and eliminated vulgarities, coarse turns of phrase, and unmotivated plot elements. Gone are the references to bodily functions, the racy double entendres, and the gaps in narrative logic. Perrault worked hard to craft a tale that excised the ribald grotesqueries from the original peasant tale and rescripted the events in such a way as to accommodate a rational discursive mode and moral economy.
She also makes the fatal error of having a "good time" gathering nuts, chasing butterflies, and picking flowers . And, of course, she is not as savvy as Thurber's "little girl" who knows that "a wolf does not look any more like your grandmother than the Metro-Goldwyn lion looks like Calvin Coolidge" . Little Red Riding Hood's failure to fight back or to resist in any way led the psychoanalytically oriented Bruno Bettelheim to declare that the girl must be "stupid or she wants to be seduced.
Jack Zipes, ed. New York: Routledge, Bettelheim was also sensitive to the transformations endured by the wolf. Once a rapacious beast, he was turned by Perrault into a metaphor, a stand-in for male seducers who lure young women into their beds. Like many fairy tales, the Grimms' narrative begins by framing a prohibition, but it has difficulty moving out of that mode.
Little Red Cap's mother hands her daughter cakes and wine for grandmother and proceeds to instruct her in the art of good behavior: "When you're out in the woods, walk properly and don't stray from the path. T h e Grimms' effort to encode lessons in "Little Red Cap" could hardly be called successful.
The lecture on manners embedded in the narrative is not only alien to the spirit of fairy tales—which are so plot driven that they rarely traffic in the kind of pedagogical precision on display here—but also misfires in its lack of logic.
T h e bottle never breaks even though Red Cap strays from the path, and the straying takes place only after the wolf has already spotted his prey.
The folly of trying to derive a clear moral message from "Little Red Riding Hood" in any of its versions becomes evident from Eric Berne's rendition of a Martian's reaction to the tale: What kind of a mother sends a little girl into a forest where there are wolves? Why didn't her mother do it herself, or go along with LRRH?
If grandmother was so helpless, why did mother leave her all by herself in a hut far away? But if LRRH had to go, how come her mother had never warned her not to stop and talk to wolves? The story makes it clear that LRRH had never been told that this was dangerous. No mother could really be that stupid, so it sounds as if her mother didn't care much what happened to LRRH, or maybe even wanted to get rid of her. No little girl is that stupid either.
How could LRRH look at the wolf's eyes, ears, hands, and 4. Why didn't she get out of there as fast as she could? By speaking to strangers as Perrault has it or by disobeying her mother and straying from the path as the Grimms have it , Red Riding Hood courts her own downfall.
For every act of violence that befalls heroes and heroines of fairy tales, it is easy enough to establish a cause by pointing to behavioral flaws. T h e aggression of the witch in "Hansel and Gretel," for example, is often traced to the gluttony of the children.
A chain of events that might once have been arbitrarily linked to create burlesque effects can easily be restructured to produce a morally edifying tale.
Once a folktale full of earthy humor and high melodrama, it was transformed into a heavy-handed narrative with a pedagogical agenda designed by adults. In the process, the surreal vi5. Zipes, Trials, Although the strategies for reframing the story vary from one author to the next, they generally aim to turn Little Red Riding Hood into a clever, resourceful heroine "It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be" , as Thurber notes or to rehabilitate the wolf "Sweet and sound she sleeps in granny's bed, between the paws of the tender wolf," is the final sentence of Angela Carter's story "The Company of Wolves".
Russian Fairytales (1915)
Just as writers have felt free to tamper and tinker with "Little Red Riding Hood" often radically revising its terms, as does Roald Dahl  , critics have played fast and loose with the tale, displaying boundless confidence in their interpretive pronouncements.
Allegorical readings invest the story with a kind of interpretive plenitude, giving it a meaning, relevance, and sense that claims to transcend historical variation.
Fromm, whose psychoanalytic account of "Little Red Riding Hood" came under heavy fire from the historian Robert Darnton, finds in the tale the "expression of a deep antagonism against men and sex. We must remember that the woman's superiority consists in her ability to bear children. How, then, is the wolf made ridiculous?
By showing that he attempted to play the role of a pregnant woman, having living things in his belly. Little Red-Cap puts stones, a symbol of sterility, into his belly, and the wolf collapses and dies. His deed. Fromm, Forgotten, Anne Sexton's wolf appears to be "in his ninth month" after gobbling down Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, and the two are liberated when a hunter performs "a kind of caesarian section.
T h e wolf swallows both females with no sign of a struggle. Red Riding Hood is a parable of rape. There are frightening male figures abroad in the woods—we call them wolves, among other names—and females are helpless before them.
Better stick close to the path, better not be adventurous. If you are lucky, a good friendly male may be able to save you from certain disaster. Allegorical readings tend to undermine and discredit each other by their very multiplicity. But the excessive number of references to nourishment, starvation, cannibalism, and devouring in "The Story of Grandmother" also suggests that the interpretive stakes are high and challenges us to understand the story's engagement with the basic conditions of our existence.
Psychoanalytic criticism has worked hard to understand what Alan Dundes refers to as the strong 2. Dundes further argues that "Little Red Riding Hood," at least in its early forms, had more to do with children's anxieties about being devoured than with the adult sexual anxieties that came to be foregrounded as the story evolved. Chiang Mi's "Goldflower and the Bear" gives us an Asian version of "The Wolf and the Seven Kids" that reveals a clear kinship with early European versions of "Little Red Riding Hood" and suggests just how child-centered the tale was in its early forms.
Carter's account of her experience with "Little Red Riding Hood" shows the tale to be one of intergenerational rivalry, yet it also reveals the degree to which the meaning of a tale is generated in its performance. Consider Luciano Pavarotti's childhood experience with "Little Red Riding Hood" and how markedly it differs from Carter's: 6 7 In my house, when I was a little boy, it was my grandfather who told the stories. He was wonderful. He told violent, mysterious tales that enchanted me.
My favorite one was Little Red Riding Hood. I identified with Little Red Riding Hood. I had the same fears as she. I didn't want her to die.
I dreaded her death—or what we think death is. I waited anxiously for the hunter to come. Instead, it has become the site of violence, 5. T h e feeling of dread, coupled with a sense of enchantment, captures the fascination with matters from which children are usually shielded.
Pavarotti, like Dickens, is enamored of Little Red Riding Hood, but his infatuation is driven by her ability to survive death, to emerge whole from the belly of the wolf even in the face of death's finality. The Story of Grandmothert There was once a woman who had made some bread. She said to her daughter: "Take this loaf of hot bread and this bottle of milk over to granny's.
At the crossroads she met a wolf, who asked: "Where are you going? Meanwhile, the wolf arrived at granny's, killed her, put some of her flesh in the pantry and a bottle of her blood on the shelf. T h e little girl got there and knocked at the door.
I'm bringing you a loaf of hot bread and a bottle of milk. Take some of the meat in there along with the bottle of wine on the shelf. You're a slut if you eat the flesh and drink the blood of granny.
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You won't be needing it any longer. Originally published by Paul Delarue, in "Les Contes merveilleux de Perrault et la tradition populaire," Bulletin folklorique de l'Ilede-France : In another region of France, the paths are described as the path of little stones and the path of little thorns.
An Italian version refers to a path of stones and a path of roots. Local variations turn the flesh into tortellini in Italy and into sausage in France, while the blood is often said to be wine. You won't be needing them any longer.
Then she slammed the door to, in great haste, sat down to dinner again, and was quite frightened. The King saw plainly that her heart was beating violently, and said, "My child, what art thou so afraid of? Is there perchance a giant outside who wants to carry thee away? And because I cried so, the frog brought it out again for me, and because he so insisted, I promised him he should be my companion, but I never thought he would be able to come out of his water! And now he is outside there, and wants to come in to me.
Open the door for me! Dost thou not know what thou saidst to me Yesterday by the cool waters of the fountain? Princess, youngest princess!
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In a good class atmosphere, students will participate freely and enthusiastically if we give them a suitable topic or a task Harmer, While it may be disturbing to hear voices disavowing the transformative influence of fairy tales and proclaiming them to be culturally insignificant, it is just as troubling to find fairy tales turned into inviolable cultural icons. They have to be familiar with the subject studied and able to give objective evaluation. You won't be needing it any longer.