By Ruth B. Bottigheimer
Overturns conventional perspectives of the origins of fairy stories and records their real origins and transmission.
Where did Cinderella come from? Puss in Boots? Rapunzel? The origins of fairy stories are checked out in a brand new means in those hugely attractive pages. traditional knowledge holds that fairy stories originated in the oral traditions of peasants and have been recorded for posterity by means of the Brothers Grimm through the 19th century. Ruth B. Bottigheimer overturns this view in a full of life account of the origins of those well-loved tales. Charles Perrault created Cinderella and her fairy godmother, yet no countrywoman whispered this story into Perrault’s ear. as a substitute, his Cinderella seemed in simple terms after he had edited it from the ebook of usually amoral stories released by means of Giambattista Basile in Naples. Distinguishing fairy stories from folktales and displaying the effect of the medieval romance on them, Bottigheimer files how fairy stories originated as city writing for city readers and listeners. operating backward from the Grimms to the earliest recognized sixteenth-century fairy stories of the Italian Renaissance, Bottigheimer argues for a book-based background of fairy stories. the 1st new method of fairy story heritage in a long time, this publication solutions questions about the place fairy stories got here from and the way they unfold, illuminating a story method lengthy veiled through surmise and assumption.
“Bottingheimer’s paintings is as regularly provocative and interesting.” — Journal of yankee Folklore
“The genius of this narrow quantity isn't rather a lot that it offers a unconditionally ‘new history,’ yet relatively that it offers not just Bottigheimer’s learn but additionally that of John Ellis, Heinz Rölleke, Nancy Canepa, and so on in cogent, persuasive, eminently readable prose … a desirable learn in intertextuality, this e-book encompasses a valuable checklist of the seventy seven stories mentioned, classified by means of the author.” — CHOICE
“Some students say that, even if one has the same opinion with all of Bottigheimer’s conclusions, her paintings is an invaluable wondering of popularly held beliefs.” — Chronicle Review
“This booklet will eternally switch the best way that students and readers view a genre—the literary fairy tale—that continues to be important today.” — Suzanne Magnanini, writer of Fairy-Tale technology: huge iteration in the stories of Straparola and Basile