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Remaking “Bluebeard,” or Good-bye to Perrault

Jack Zipes

in The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691153384
eISBN:
9781400841820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691153384.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes Catherine Breillat's film Bluebeard. It argues that Breillat's filmic appropriation of Charles Perrault's “Bluebeard” is part of a memetic process that entails imitation, ... More


Perrault, Duverney, and Animal Mechanism

Anita Guerrini

in The Courtiers' Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226247663
eISBN:
9780226248332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226248332.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Known as the “anatomiste des courtisans” (the courtiers’ anatomist) for his instruction of the Dauphin, Duverney, unlike other members of the Academy, only dissected. This chapter examineshis ... More


Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Casie E. Hermansson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Bluebeard is the main character in one of the grisliest and most enduring fairy tales of all time. A serial wife murderer, he keeps a horror chamber in which remains of all his previous matrimonial ... More


Bluebeard—A Subversive Narrative: Some Theoretical Ideas

Mererid Puw Davies

in The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199242757
eISBN:
9780191697180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242757.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses the subversive potential of Charles Perrault's original conte, ‘La Barbe bleue’ (1697), a potential which is obfuscated in many German versions of the material. Commentary on ... More


Found in Translation: Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” in English

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

The first English translation of Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale, “Bluebeard,” was provided by Robert Samber in 1729. Samber’s edition, entitled Histories, or Tales of past Times...with morals, ... More


Epilogue (1690–1730)

Oded Rabinovitch

in The Perraults: A Family of Letters in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501729423
eISBN:
9781501730085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501729423.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The epilogue follows Charles’s children as they drifted away from the life of letters and into the court. Viewing the publication of the fairy tales as a family endeavor allows us to see their ... More


The Courtiers’ Anatomist: Duverney at the Jardin du roi

Anita Guerrini

in The Courtiers' Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226247663
eISBN:
9780226248332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226248332.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Even before he entered the Academy, Duverney’s anatomical skills had made him well known in the private academies and salons of Paris. In 1679 he was appointed anatomy lecturer at the Jardin du Roi, ... More


The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Mererid Puw Davies

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199242757
eISBN:
9780191697180
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242757.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

‘Bluebeard’, in which women are slaughtered by a monstrous husband and their bodies hidden in a horrible chamber, is the most hair-raising of tales; yet with its happy ending, it also has a utopian ... More


Principal Variants

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

In 1695, Charles Perrault wrote a French fairy tale, “La Barbe bleue” (“Bluebeard”). Published in 1697 and translated into English in 1729, it featured a character that had dominated international ... More


Cheap Thrills: Bluebeard in Chapbooks and Juveniles

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale, “Bluebeard,” initially rose to prominence through the eighteenth century in the form of reprints and pirated knockoffs of Mother Goose tales. Later, it was ... More


Pirates and True Bluebeards

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

In Charles Perrault’s fairy tale, Bluebeard was never a pirate. Yet he is always linked to piracy, particularly to Blackbeard, Captain Edward Teach of Bristol. Captain Charles Johnson published an ... More


Bluebeard in Victorian Arts and Letters

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

In the nineteenth century, Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale, “Bluebeard,” became popular in chapbooks and drama at a time when folk and fairy tales had a questionable status in England. The ... More


Abstracting from the Soul: The Mechanics of Locomotion

Dennis des Chene

in Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226720807
eISBN:
9780226720838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226720838.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter demonstrates how mechanist physiologists such as Giovanni Borelli and Charles Perrault, who followed René Descartes in taking the machine as the model of intelligibility, nevertheless ... More


Contemporary Bluebeard

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Different versions of Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale “Bluebeard” proliferated throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. From Max Frisch’s novel Bluebeard: A Tale (1982) to Charles ... More


A “Three Tail’d Bashaw”: Bluebeard Takes a Turkish Turn

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

In Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale, Bluebeard is not only mistaken for a pirate but also often described as a beturbaned Turkish tyrant. But it was only in the eighteenth century that Bluebeard ... More


The Ghost of Alcestis

Amy Wygant

in Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199558551
eISBN:
9780191808432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In the story of Alcestis from Euripides, Alcestis volunteers to die in order to save the life of her husband King Admetus. When the hero Hercules discovers that Alcestis has died, he wrestles with ... More


“You Outrageous Man!”: Bluebeard on the Comic Stage

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

The dramas made based on Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale “Bluebeard” often revolved around Bluebeard as an oriental grotesque; his wife, Fatima, was sold by her mercenary father Ibrahim to the ... More


Bluebeard in Crisis

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

A number of pantomime renditions of Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale, “Bluebeard,” appeared at the advent of the twentieth century, including the Klaw and Erlanger burlesque Mr. Bluebeard ... More


Epilogue: Bluebeard Today

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Several versions of Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale “Bluebeard” exist today, such as the pantomime Bluebeard (2003) by Paul Reakes, S. P. Somtow’s novel Bluebeard’s Castle (2003), and Pierre ... More


Modernist Bluebeard

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter examines English modernist versions of Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale, “Bluebeard,” and how the authors used the story to comment on feminism. It looks at the emergence of ... More


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