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Secrets Beyond the Door
By Maria Tatar

Secrets Beyond the Door

The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives

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Secrets Beyond the Door by Maria Tatar

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The tale of Bluebeard's Wife--the story of a young woman who discovers that her mysterious blue-bearded husband has murdered his former spouses--no longer squares with what most parents consider good bedtime reading for their children. But the story has remained alive for adults, allowing it to lead a rich subterranean existence in novels ranging from Jane Eyre to Lolita and in films as diverse as Hitchcock's Notorious and Jane Campion's The Piano. In this fascinating work, Maria Tatar analyzes the many forms the tale of Bluebeard's Wife has taken over time, particularly in Anglo-European popular culture. It documents the fortunes of Bluebeard, his wife, and their marriage in folklore, fiction, film, and opera, showing how others took the Bluebeard theme and revived it with their own signature twists. In some tales the wife is a deceiver; in others she is a clever investigator. Earlier ages denounced Bluebeard's wife for her "reckless curiosity" and for her "uncontrolled appetite"; our own times have turned her into something of a heroine, a woman who rescues herself--and often her marriage--through her detective work and psychological finesse. And as for Bluebeard? Once considered a one-dimensional brute, he has found renewed cultural energy both as a master criminal who kills in order to create a higher moral order and as an artist figure who must shield himself against intimacy to foster his creative powers. A brilliant account of how one classic fairy tale has been continually reincarnated, Secrets beyond the Door will appeal to both literary scholars and general readers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691127835
ISBN-10: 0691127832
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 13-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Turnip Princess by Maria Tatar Turnip Princess, Paperback (April 2015)

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An international team of scholars explores the historical origins, cultural dissemination and continuing literary and psychological power of fairy tales.

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Author Biography - Maria Tatar

Maria Tatar is Dean for the Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She is the author of "The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood"; and "Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany" (all Princeton).

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