Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales
Edited by Kate Bernheimer
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Kate Bernheimer
Book DescriptionFairy tales and their exaggerated characters, from the "evil stepmother" to the "virginal bride, " have been a resonant chord throughout Western culture, providing provocative challenges to and mirrors of women's complex sense of themselves - and the expectations of the world around them. In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Kate Bernheimer brings together twenty-four of our foremost contemporary women writers to discuss, in poetic narratives, evocative personal histories, and penetrating essays, how the fairy tales we all grew up with - from "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood" to "Bluebeard" and "The Princess and the Pea" - have affected their emotional lives, their work, and the culture they live in. For some of the writers, fairy tales were their first formative experience of literature, and several turned to fairy tales in creating their own fiction as adults. Others rebelled utterly at the cultural stereotypes and the roles assigned to women in these tales, and in their essays explore the impact such fairy tales have had on our mores and thinking.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780385486811
(203mm x 133mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Anchor Books
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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