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Secrets beyond the Door: The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives (2006)

 
지은이 : Maria Tatar
출판사 : Princeton
판수 : New Ed edition
페이지수 : 264 pages
ISBN : 0691127832
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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.

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).
List of Illustrations xi

INTRODUCTION 1

CHAPTER 1: The Attractions of "Bluebeard": The Origins and Fortunes of a Folktale 11

CHAPTER 2: "Have You ever really been afraid? . . . of a man?. . . of a house?. . . of yourself??: Charlotte Bront?s Jane Eyre,
Daphne du Maurier?s Rebecca, and Modern Gothics 67

CHAPTER 3: Investigative Pleasures: Bluebeard?s Wife in Hollywood 89

CHAPTER 4: Rewriting "Bluebeard": Resisting the Cult of Death 108

CHAPTER 5: Monstrous Wives: Bluebeard as Criminal and Cultural Hero 132

CHAPTER 6: The Art of Murder: Bluebeard as Artist and Aesthete 152

EPILOGUE 169




APPENDIX

Cultural Variants of "Bluebeard" 175

Charles Perrault,"Bluebeard" 175

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,"The Robber Bridegroom" 179

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,"Fitcher?s Bird" 182

Joseph Jacobs,"Mr. Fox" 185

Thomas Frederick Crane,"How the Devil Married Three Sisters" 187

Peter Christen Asbj?rnsen and Jørgen Moe, "The Hen Is Tripping in the Mountain" 190

Gaston Maugard,"The White Dove" 194

Richard Chase,"Mr.Fox" 198

Guy Wetmore Carryl, "How the Helpmate of Blue-Beard Made Free with a Door" 202

Rose Terry Cooke,"Blue-Beard?s Closet," 1861 205

Edna St. Vincent Millay, Untitled Bluebeard Sonnet 207




Notes 209

Bibliography 225

Primary Literature 225

Secondary Literature 229

Films 239

Index 241

In this fine book, which both scholars and ordinary readers enjoy, as I did, [Tatar] casts her net wide. She reprints several versions of 'Bluebeard,' and discusses not only these tales and their many variants, but also the reappearance of the story in fiction, film, opera, and poetry. -- Alison Lurie, The American Scholar

A respected critic of fairy tales, Tatar takes on Bluebeard and the result is a deeply resonant, fascinating study of intertextuality. . . . [S]he persuasively demonstrates how the Bluebeard tale shifts its shape century by century, revealing the secret anxieties of the age regarding sexuality, coming of age, romance, marriage, and marital discord. -- Choice

Secrets beyond the Door is full of transmutations and sublimations. Harvard professor Maria Tatar . . . returns with a scintillating account of what generations of high and low culture have done to the Bluebeard folktale. -- John Leonard, Harper's

A book that unlocks the reasons of transgression in the chambers of the mind. -- Alex Moore, Foreword Magazine
   
 
   
 
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