Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times Hardback
Part of the Routledge Studies in Folklore and Fairy Tales series
This project provides an in-depth study of narratives about Bluebeard and his wives, or narratives with identifiable Bluebeard motifs, and the intertextual and extratextual personal, political, literary, and sociocultural factors that have made the tale a particularly fertile ground for an author's adaptation of the story.
Whereas Charles Dickens, for example, expresses a sympathetic identification with Bluebeard, and a discernable strain of misogyny emerges in his recreation of the tale and recurrent allusions to it, his contemporary, William Makepeace Thackeray, uses the tale as a springboard for his critique of avarice, hypocrisy, pretension, and the subjugation of women in Victorian society.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 194 pages, 18 Halftones, black and white
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/04/2009
- Category: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
- ISBN: 9780415994682