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All Languages. More filters. Sort order. Tulpa marked it as to-read Jun 20, Arnaud added it Jul 26, Sam added it Feb 23, Ploppy marked it as to-read Jul 15, Lagu added it Oct 21, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Antonie Hamilton. Antonie Hamilton. Books by Antonie Hamilton. Trivia About Les Quatre Facardins. The marvelous protagonist wants to keep the pro- cess of natural change lowing and indicates possibilities for overcoming the obstacles that prevent other characters or creatures from living in a peaceful and pleasurable way. The focus on the marvelous and hope for change in the oral wonder tale does not mean that all wonder tales, and later the literary fairy tales, served and serve a radical transforming purpose.

Oral tales have served to stabilize, conserve, or challenge the com- mon beliefs, laws, values, and norms of a group. The ideology expressed in wonder tales always stemmed from the position that the narrator assumed with regard to the relations and developments in his or her community; and the narrative plot and changes made in it depended on the sense of wonder, marvel, admiration, or awe that the narrator wanted to evoke. In other words, the sense of the miraculous in the tale and the intended emotion sought by the narrator are ideological.

Narra- tors sought to use language and the art of communication to make their utterances special and relevant so they would catch on and stick in the ears and brains of their listeners. In the last analysis, however, even if we cannot establish whether a wonder tale is ideologically conservative, radical, sexist, progressive, and so on, it is the celebration of miraculous or fabulous transforma- tions in the name of hope that accounts for its major appeal.

People have always wanted to improve or change their personal status or have sought magical intervention on their own behalf. The emergence of the literary fairy tale during the latter part of the medieval period bears wit- ness to the persistent human quest for an existence without oppression and constraints. It is a utopian quest that we continue to record through the metaphors of the fairy tale, even today. Two more important points should be made about the oral tradition of transmission that concern the magical contents of the tales and the mode in which they were disseminated.

During the Middle Ages, most people in all social classes believed in magic, the supernatural, and the miraculous, and they were also smart enough to distinguish between probable and improbable events. On the contrary, they were told and retold because they had some connection to the material condi- tions and personal relations in their societies. To a certain degree they carried truths, and the people of all classes believed in these stories, either as real possibilities or parables.

Magic and marvelous rituals were common throughout Europe, and it is only with the gradual rise of the Christian Church, which began to exploit magic and miraculous sto- ries and to codify what would be acceptable for its own interests, that wonder tales and fairy tales were declared sacrilegious, heretical, dan- gerous, and untruthful. However, the Church could not prevent these stories from being circulated; it could only stigmatize, censure, or criti- cize them. This is true of all organized religions and continues to be the case today. The magical tales of the Bible and religious texts have always been compelled to compete with the secular tradition of folk and fairy tales for truth value.

If women were regarded as the originators and disseminators of these tales, then the texts themselves had to be suspicious, for they might relect the ickle, duplicitous, wild, and erotic character of women, who were not to be trusted. Thus, their stories were not to be dismissed as trivial. Inci- dentally, this association was often coupled with children, that is, the folk were regarded as simple children, and their tales were thus belittled as simplistic, ignorant, and crude by the upper classes and the clergy.

Tales were told in walks of life in the Middle Ages and during the Enlightenment, as they are today, and both sexes contributed to and continue to contribute to the tale-telling tradition. Troubadours, professional court storytellers, kings, queens, merchants, slaves, servants, sailors, soldiers, spinners, weavers, seamstresses, wood- cutters, tailors, innkeepers, nuns, monks, preachers, charcoal burners, and knights carried tales as did children.

It would be an exaggeration to insist that everyone in society told tales or that they were good and interesting tale tellers. These tales were often embellished, or they were ritual tales that brought the members of a community closer together. But one factor is clear: the folk were not just made up of the peasantry or the lower classes. The great majority of people in the Middle Ages up through the beginning of the nineteenth century were nonliterate, and thus everyone participated in one way or the other as teller or listener in oral traditions.

They are apparent in Indian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman col- lections of tales, myths, and legends and in the texts that constitute Oriental and Occidental religions. However, they were never gathered or institutionalized in the short forms that we recognize in the West until the late Middle Ages.

Then male scribes began recording them in collections of tales, epics, romances, and poetry from the tenth cen- tury onward. Most of the early work was in Latin, and the interactions between the Church and lay people and between orality and literacy help us understand how the fairy tale evolved and was disseminated. As Rosmarie Thee Morewedge has maintained: [W]e must rely on the wealth of tale collections that have come to us from medieval and pre-medieval sources, that were told by the tale-tellers; it must be remembered that tales did not stop being part of an oral tradi- tion just because they were written down by vagrants, preachers, mer- chants, crusaders or other literati.

Which talented priest would not want to serve the missionary thrust of the church by collecting tales heard in childhood, read in school, heard on travels and in various monasteries? In general, Oriental tales were spread in Europe both through oral retellings and translations into various European languages.

It is interesting to note that one of the tales in the Gesta Romanorum probably spawned the oral and literary dissemination of the remarkable Fortunatus c. In brief the tale concerns a young man named Fortunatus on the island of Cyprus. After he joins the entourage of the Earl of Flanders, he travels to Flanders and wins a tournament, but jealous rivals and the threat of castration cause him to lee to London, where he leads a life of decadence and then returns to the Continent. Destitute, he wan- ders about Brittany and becomes lost in a forest.

A kind fairy or Dame Fortune takes pity on him and grants him either wisdom, strength, long life, wealth, health, or beauty. He must select one of them. Fortunatus chooses wealth, and she gives him a magic purse that will always provide money for him. After wandering about Europe for a while, he returns to the island of Cyprus and inds that his parents are dead.

However, with his magic purse, he is able to restore the family name and marries a young lady from a noble family. After two sons are born, he begins traveling again and eventually procures a magic cap that transports him to any place he wishes once he puts it on his head.

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Before he dies as a respected member of society, he bestows his gifts on his two sons who lose them because of their greed and carelessness. There were many variations of this plot, and sometimes, instead of just one hero named Fortunatus, there were three young protagonists and three fairies. Sometimes the gifts are different. Fortunatus also makes use of an invisible cloak.


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In a signiicant essay about the origins of Fortunatus, Luisa Rubini has shown that the German folk book of For- tunatus was more than likely preceded by Spanish and Italian versions. Lively economic and cultural relations, contacts and exchange between southern Germany and northern Italy are amply documented for that period, and the presence of Italian lit- erature, both serious and popular also in the form of cheap prints in German libraries provides further evidence. Another good example is the wonder tale about the grateful dead that can be traced to pre-Christian antiquity and spread widely throughout Europe in the medieval period.

The novella, also called conto, was a short tale that adhered to principles of unity of time and action and clear narrative plot. The focus was on surprising events of everyday life, and the tales inluenced by oral wonder tales, fairy tales, fabliaux, chivalric romances, epic poetry, and fables were intended for the amusement and instruction of the readers. Before Boccaccio had turned his hand to writing his tales, the most famous collection had been the Novellino written by an anonymous Tuscan author in the thirteenth century. But it was Boccaccio who set a model for all future writers of this genre with his frame narrative and subtle and sophisticated style.

It was Boc- caccio who expanded the range of topics of the novella and created unforgettable characters, which led to numerous imitations by writers such as Ser Giovanni Fiorentino, Giovanni Sercambi, Franco Sachetti, Piovano Arlotto, and Matteo Bandello, to name but a few. We only have information from the irst volume of Le pia- cevoli notti that he was born in Carvaggio and that he was the author of another work Opera nova de Zoan Francesco Straparola da Caravazo , a collection of sonnets and poems, published in Venice. Nor are we certain of his death in Most likely he had moved to Venice as a young man, and it is clear from his collection of novellas, which he called favole fairy tales , that he was very well educated.

He knew Latin and various Italian dialects, and his references to other literary works and understanding of literary forms indicate that he was versed in the humanities. Whoever Straparola may have been, his Piacevoli Notti had great success: it was reprinted twenty-ive times from to and translated into French in and and into German in The allure of his work can be attributed to several factors: his use of erotic and obscene riddles,26 his mastery of polite Italian used by the nar- rators in the frame narrative, his introduction of plain earthy language into the stories, the critical view of the power struggles in Italian society and lack of moralistic preaching, his inclusion of fourteen unusual fairy tales in the collection, and his interest in magic, unpredictable events, duplicity, and the supernatural.

Similar to Boccaccio, Straparola exhib- ited irreverence for authorities, and the frame narrative itself reveals a political tension and somewhat ironic if not pessimistic outlook on the possibilities of living a harmonious happy ever-after life. He takes his daughter, Signora Lucretia, a widow, with him, and since her husband had died in , it can be assumed that the setting for the Nights is approximately some time between and The bishop and his daughter lee irst to Lodi, then to Venice, and inally settle on the island of Murano.

They gather a small group of congenial people around them: ten gra- cious ladies, two matronly women, and four educated and distinguished gentlemen. Since it is the time of Carnival, Lucretia proposes that the company take turns telling stories during the two weeks before Lent, and consequently, there are thirteen nights in which stories are told, amounting to seventy-four in all.

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Each night there was a dance by the young ladies. Then Lucretia would draw ive names of the ladies from a vase, and those ive ladies would tell the tales that evening. But before the storytelling, one of the men had to sing a song, and after the song a lady told a tale followed by a riddle in verse. Most of the riddles were exam- ples of the double entendre and had strong sexual connotations, espe- cially those told by the men. The object was to discuss erotic subjects in a highly reined manner. During the course of the thirteen nights, the men were invited every now and then to replace a woman and tell a tale.

In addition, Lucretia herself told two tales. To a certain extent, the ictional company on the island of Murano can be regarded as an ideal representation of how people can relate to one another and comment in pleasing and instructive ways about all types of experience. The stories created and collected by Straparola are literary fairy tales, revised oral tales, anecdotes, erotic tales, buffo tales of popular Italian life, didactic tales, fables, and tales based on writers who preceded him such as Boccaccio, Franco Sacchetti, Ser Giovanni Forentino, Giovanni Sercambi, and others.

In the second volume he translated and adapted many Latin tales that he passed on as his own. In the fairy tales, as well as in most of the other narratives, Straparola focuses on power and fortune. Though wicked people are punished, it is clear that moral standards are set only by the people in power. Thus Gale- otto can kill his brides at will, and fathers can seek to punish or sleep with their daughters at will.

The majority of the tales center on active male protagonists who are heroic mainly because they know how to exploit opportunities that bring them wealth, power, and money. Stra- parola begins most of his tales in small towns or cities in Italy and sends his protagonists off to other countries, realms, and, of course, into the woods or onto the seas.

His heroes are adventurers, and there is a sense that the fairy tales have been gathered from far and wide. It is apparent in almost all his tales that he was inluenced by oral storytelling and social rituals. There were tumultu- ous changes throughout Europe, and the motif of transformation, com- mon in many folk tales, was emphasized even more in the fairy tales of Giambattista Basile.

In the literary fairy tale, this motif had to pass the test of censors, and the metaphors and language had to be honed to meet audience expectations. If Straparola did indeed spend most of his life in Venice, it would not be by chance that the tales he read and heard came to this port city from far and wide and that he was obliged to hone them to meet the expecta- tions of the reading public.

Venice was a thriving and wealthy city in the sixteenth century,27 and Straparola would have had contact with foreigners from all over Italy, Europe, and the Orient. Or he would have had news about them. Though there are no records of how his tales were disseminated, they would have been read aloud at courts and in reading societies and repeated, and, of course, they were reprinted several times in the course of the sixteenth century.

The quasi- acceptance of the genre—quasi because the censors did not fully accept it—enabled numerous writers to experiment and produce highly origi- nal fairy tales.

These writers were also tellers, for the split between oral and literary narrators was never as great as we imagine it to be, and their familiarity with the folklore of their respective societies played a role in their literary representations in the fairy tale. I want briely to sketch the further development of the literary fairy tale beginning with Basile, then moving to the French writers of the s, and concluding with the Brothers Grimm.

Giambattista Basile In contrast to Straparola, we know a great deal about Basile. By he returned to the region of Naples and held various positions as administrator and governor in different principalities and courts while pursuing a career as poet and writer until his death in To my mind, Basile is the most original and brilliant writer of fairy tales in Europe until the German romantic E. Hoffmann came on the scene in Not only did Basile draw on an abundance of literary and historical sources to create his hilarious ironical tales, but he was deeply acquainted with the folklore of a vast region around Naples and was familiar with Oriental tales.

His command of the Neapolitan dialect is extraordinary, for he managed to combine an elevated form of the dia- lect with vulgar expressions, metaphors, idioms and brilliant proverbs,32 many of which he created himself. The frame narrative following Boc- caccio, of course is fascinating in and of itself. In this frame tale, Zoza, the daughter of the King of Vallepelosa, cannot laugh, and her father is so concerned about her happiness that he invites people from all over the world to try to make her laugh. Yet, nobody can succeed until an old woman, who attempts to sop up oil in front of the palace, has her jug broken by a mischievous court page.

The ensuing argument between the old woman and the page, each hurling coarse and vulgar epithets at one another, is so delightful that Zoza bursts into laughter. He can only be wakened and liberated by a woman who ills a pitcher that is hanging on a nearby wall with her tears. In need of help, Zoza visits three different fairies and receives a wal- nut, a chestnut, and a hazelnut as gifts. When the pitcher is almost full, she falls asleep because she is tired from all the crying.

While she is sleeping, however, a slave girl steals the pitcher, ills it, wakes Tadeo, and takes the credit for bringing him back to life. Consequently, Tadeo marries her, and she becomes pregnant. But Zoza, whose happiness depends on Tadeo, is not about to con- cede the prince to a slave girl.

On three different occasions she opens the nuts. One contains a little dwarf, who sings; the next, twelve chickens made of gold; and the third, a doll that spins gold.

The slave girl demands these fascinating objects, and Tadeo sends for them, offering Zoza whatever she wants. To his surprise, Zoza gives the objects as gifts. Yet, the inal one, the doll, stirs an uncontrol- lable passion in the slave girl to hear stories during her pregnancy, and she threatens Tadeo again: unless women come to tell her tales, she will kill their unborn baby.

So, Tadeo invites ten women from the rabble known for their storytelling: lame Zeza, twisted Cecca, goitered Men- eca, big-nosed Tolla, hunchback Popa, drooling Antonella, snout-faced Ciulla, rheummy Paola, mangy Ciommetella, and diarretic Iacoba. The women spend the day chattering and gossiping, and after the evening meal, one tale is told by each one of the ten for ive nights. Finally, on the last day, Zoza is invited to tell the last tale, and she recounts what happened to her.

The slave girl tries to stop her, but Tadeo insists that Zoza be allowed to tell the tale to the end. There are constant local references to Naples and the surrounding area and to social customs, political intrigues, and family conlicts. Basile was an astute social commentator, who despaired of the corruption in the courts that he served and was obviously taken with the country folk, their surprising antics, and their needs and drives for change. As Michele Rak has observed: [I]n the case of the Cunto the plots are all illed with the same theme: the change of status.

The situation of each tale evolves rapidly to bring wealth and beauty to some of the characters and poverty and ruin to others. This change is only realized amidst conlict, foremost in the interior of the minimal social unit—the family about which there are many stories of fathers, mothers, stepmothers, sons, brothers—and then in the elementary reports of relations in the family—about which there are many stories about marriages and above all about unequal marriages between princes and shepherdesses. The change of status of these fairy- tale characters can be read as a metaphor of a much broader change: the acceleration of the time and mode of the cultural process characteristic of this phase of the modern era.

In the Cunto the most evident signs of this transformation of the cultural regime are registered explicitly: the emergence of symbolical traditions, the opening of new dimensions of communication, the restructuring of the system and hierarchy of family relations, a broader literacy, the ampliication and identiication of the types of readers who also read the new novel, the client of the literature of celebration, the participant at the feasts and the theatricalization of public life.

According to him, the Cunto was a highly unusual and sophisticated work that became known and spread through many different channels. The type of fairy tale il racconto iabesco conceived by Basile produced a literary genre, and its stories produced other texts that had a great circulation because the fairy tale used stories that stemmed from the heritage of Mediterranean culture and because a model was prepared through its structure that proved itself to be stable: it repeated its com- munications avvisi to readers in a regular cadence set up also in the secondary stories.

With this model it was possible to construct many diverse tales that were adaptable to various circumstances as the numer- ous variants and versions have proven. The Cunto stabilized a formula that became a current in the Euro- pean tale. Its literary value depends in part on its inter-textuality and pan-culturalism it assimilates local traditions that are very diverse ; on its lexibility it adapts to circumstances that vary a great deal ; on its order it permits an identiication with a register [repertoire of characters and motifs] that is part of a European heritage and consents to have it used.

Each tale in the Cunto was told to entertain a court society as a sort of a game, a dangerous game, because the storyteller could lose his life if he uttered the wrong words or was indiscreet and offended the nobility. The goal of the story- teller was to make the audience laugh, and laughter itself was a relief and escape for the storyteller who used metaphors to test and perhaps sub- vert the conventions of the court i.

Each tale involves some kind of journey into the woods, onto the sea, or to another city. This journey relected the trip that a courtier generally took when he came of age so that he might see the world or test himself. Along the way his survival would depend on fairies and ogres, who arbitrarily choose to help or destroy him. Fortune plays a momentous role. Bodies are enmeshed in the plot. They are beautiied, tortured, demolished, rejuvenated, and transformed as the protagonist seeks to survive at all costs and improve his social status in the ever-changing world.

Of course, he also depicted how Lady Fortuna could devastate people and cause destruction. Again, like Straparola he was not overly opti- mistic about establishing social equality and harmonious communities. Conlict reigns in his tales in which a usually demure Cinderella chops off the head of her stepmother and a discreet princess virtually liqui- dates a seducer in a battle of the sexes.

Nevertheless, his tales exude mirth because of the manner in which he turns language inside out and creates a carnalvesque atmosphere. Just as the frame tale leads to the exposure of the stealthy slave girl with no holds barred, all the nar- ratives seek to reveal the contradictory nature in which all members of society pretend to comport themselves according to lofty standards but will stoop as low as they must to achieve wealth and happiness. In France, it is appar- ent that Mlle. In fact, the Ital- ian inluence in France during the s was much more profound than scholars have suspected.

At least six of Mme. The Italian inluence was certainly there,36 and it is not necessary or even impor- tant to undertake an assiduous philological comparison to prove theft, imitation, or appropriation, for clearly word about Straparola and Basile was spread through books, storytelling, and conversations. What is sig- niicant and fascinating is the manner in which French writers began in about to be attracted to oral folk tales and literary fairy tales and created a vogue37 of writing that was to last approximately a century and brought about the institutionalization of the fairy tale as a literary genre in Europe and North America.

Perhaps I should say French women writers, or to be even more spe- ciic, Mme. Talk and the oral tradition in all its forms are key to understanding the rise and institution of the literary genre. Interestingly the tale does not end happily because the protagonist Adolph does not follow the com- mands of Princess Felicity and is whisked away by Father Death, not unlike many folk tales in which Death always gains the upper hand. As a consequence, the disappointed Princess Felicity does not show herself on earth any more, and perfect happiness is unattainable. These tales are intricate, long dis- courses about the importance of natural love and tenderness tendresse , subjects dear to her heart.

The conversations surrounding her tales are very important because the tales themselves grew out of literary entertainment and parlor games that had become common in many of the literary salons in France by the s. It was in the salons and elsewhere that the French literary fairy tale was conventionalized and institutionalized. Interested in participat- ing in a social discourse about the civilizing process in France, mod- ern culture, and the role of women and aware of the unique potential that the fairy tale possessed as metaphorical commentary, these writers produced remarkable collections of tales within a short period of time: Mlle.

Durand, La Comtesse de Mortane ; Mme. This was not an oficial debate, but it still raged in public dur- ing the latter part of the seventeenth century, as men continued to publish tomes about the proper role of women and how to control their bodies and demeanor, if not their identities. The aesthetics that the aristocratic and bourgeois women and men developed in their conversational games and in their written tales had a serious aspect to it.

As Patricia Hannon maintains: [W]omen at once embrace and manipulate modernist mondain ideology. Ostentatiously adopting the consecrated aristocratic aesthetic of neg- ligence, the conteuses cultivate a positive class and gender identity in order equally to write beyond it. If the notion of the female author came of age during the last years of the century, it is perhaps because the salon appears to have conlated the notions of conversation and composition. Even further, the fairy tales make deliberate use of the marvelous and are thus deliberately implau- sible.

This self-conscious and playful use of both the supernatural setting and the moralizing pretext distances any real belief in fairy magic, but also contributes to the readability of the text. Like Straparola and Basile, they exploited the marvelous in conscious narrative strategies to deal with real social issues of their time. Paradoxically, the more implausible they made their stories, the more plausible and appealing were their hidden meanings that struck readers as truthful and have not lost their truth content today. Fairies were omniscient and omnipotent and ruled their universes, and there was no explanation why or how they had achieved such great power.

Although the French language and particular cul- tural references stamp these tales as French, they are also illed with and enriched by a pan-European and Oriental tradition that formed them. During and after the vogue, the fairy tales that began to be transig- ured and crystallized as classical fairy tales were mainly those written by Perrault. This may be due to the fact that he was the most famous among the French writers who published fairy tales.

It may also be due to the fact that they were short and exquisitely written. Perrault had always frequented the literary salons of his niece Mlle. Whether these works can be considered pro-women today is another question, for Perrault extolled the intelligence and capabilities of women while maintaining that they should be put to use in the domestic and social realms.

This contradic- tory perspective can be seen in most of his fairy tales. However, Perrault was deinitely more inclined to respect women than either Boileau or Racine, and his poems and tales make use of a highly sophisticated style and folk motifs to stress the necessity of assuming an enlightened moral attitude toward women. Perhaps the most important development at this time is that his tales stuck, not only in Europe, but they were also about to catch on throughout the Western world.

The irst French vogue was not a vogue in the sense of a fad, for shortly after the turn of the century it gave rise to a second phase that included Oriental tales and diverse experiments that consisted of farces, parodies, innovative narratives, and moral tales for the young. Galland had traveled and lived in the Middle East and had mas- tered Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish, and he was also thoroughly familiar with the irst vogue of fairy tales since he lived in Paris. After he published the irst four volumes of The Thousand and One Nights, the tales became extremely popular, and he continued translating them until his death.

The inal two volumes were published posthumously and con- tained tales for which there are no manuscripts.

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Galland did more than translate. He actually adapted the tales to suit the tastes of his French readers, invented some of the plots, and drew material from an Arabic informant to form some of his own tales. Turkish Tales in Moreover, he also translated a Persian imi- tation of The Thousand and One Days, which borrowed material from Indian comedies. All of the Oriental collections had a great exotic appeal to readers of fairy tales, not only in France.

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In addition, the material, motifs, settings, and plots of the tales furnished European writers and story- tellers with a greater repertoire and stimulated their imaginations for centuries to come, for the Arabian tales in particular were translated in hundreds of editions and many different European languages. By the literary fairy tale was irmly entrenched in France, and its dissemination was to increase throughout the eighteenth century in different forms.

These collections later translated and imitated in Germany as the Blaue Bib- liothek and introduced in England as chapbooks were at irst dedicated to the Arthurian romances, lives of saints, and legends. They were car- ried by peddlers to towns and cities in the country and made works orig- inally written for an upper-class audience available for all classes. By this time there were over publishers in approximately 70 different places that were printing series of chap- books.

Fairy tales and Oriental intrigues became so popular that they inluenced aristocrats and commoners alike. Although not all these writers wrote parodies, they were so well versed in the conventions of fairy-tale writers that they enjoyed playing with the motifs and audience expectations. Consequently, their tales often bordered on the burlesque and even on the macabre and grotesque. The fairies did outrageous things with their power. Humans were turned into talking ish and all kinds of bizarre animals.

Sentimental love was parodied. Numerous tales abandoned morality for pornography and eroticism. Most of the tales in the second wave have clear textual references to a literary genre that had established itself, but it should not be regarded as separate from the oral tradition, for conversation, talk, discussions, and readings often formed the basis for literary production, no matter what the social class of the author was. Rousseau attended Mlle. French fairy-tale writers of the eighteenth century were very con- scious of how talk and conversation formed the basis of their tales and continually embedded their tales within frame narratives that high- lighted the exchange of literary fairy tales and dialogue.

This is even more clearly the case in Mme. It is to her credit that she was one of the irst writers to compose eminently didactic fairy tales for young readers, particularly girls, to improve their social status. Lep- rince de Beaumont was herself a governess in England for many years, and she published Le Magasin des enfans in the form of a series of dialogues that a governess holds with her young pupils ranging in age from ive to twelve. Interspersed with lessons in geography, history, and religion are about eighteen fairy tales that are metaphorical accounts of how proper moral and ethical behavior can bring about happiness for a young ladies.

Although Mme. Leprince de Beaumont advocated more equality and autonomy for women in society, her tales are contradictory insofar as they depict how girls should domesticate themselves, support men, and prove their worth by demonstrating industriousness and good manners. It was through reading, dialogue, and lessons that girls could socialize themselves to advance their status in society, and Mme. Discreet if not prudish, Mayer excluded the erotic and satirical tales. Nevertheless, his collection, which was reprinted several times, had a profound inluence because it was regarded as the culmination of an important trend and gathered tales that were representative and exemplary for the institu- tion of a genre.

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