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Love, Power, and Gender in Seventeenth-Century French Fairy Tales

By Bronwyn Reddan
  • ISBN Code: : 1496223934
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Pages : 270
  • Category : Fiction
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Bronwyn Reddan challenges the idealization of fairy-tale romance as the ultimate happy ending by showing how the women writers who dominated the first French fairy-tale vogue, the conteuses, used the genre to critique the power dynamics of courtship and marriage.

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