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

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

Mererid Puw Davies

Published April 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780199242757
Hardcover
296 pages
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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 force. Using the idiom of literary criticism, thisMoreBluebeard, 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 force. Using the idiom of literary criticism, this study considers Bluebeard texts as a seismograph of gender politics and of the process of civilization from 17th-century France to 1990s Germany, in a broad range of canonical and non-canonical, often forgotten texts. The study discusses Charles Perraults French version of 1697, through Ludwig Tiecks versions of 1797 and classic versions by the Grimms and Ludwig Bechstein, to 19th-century romantic fiction, the savagery of high modernism, and 20th-century versions such as that of the surrealist Unica Zurn. While the focus is on literature in German, this study of the history of Bluebeard, redefines the canon and our interpretations of this key tale.