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Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times

by Shuli (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) Barzilai

Part of the Routledge Studies in Folklore and Fairy Tales Series

Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times Synopsis

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.

Tales of Bluebeard and His Wives from Late Antiquity to Postmodern Times Press Reviews

This is a subtle and multi-threaded book that will prove interesting to a wide variety of readers...Barzilai's sophisticated approach combines intertextual readings with an extratextual viewpoint that explores the interplay between stories using the Bluebeard theme and the story author's lives. --Francisco Vas da Silva, Marvels & Tales

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415994682
Publication date: 9th April 2014
Author: Shuli (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) Barzilai
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 194 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers,

About Shuli (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) Barzilai

Shuli Barzilai is Professor of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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