Beautiful Maidens, Hideous Suitors: Victorian Fairy Tales and the Process of Civilization

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   1                       L A U R E N C E T A L A I R A C H -V I E L M A S
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   6                       Beautiful Maidens, Hideous Suitors:
   7                       Victorian Fairy Tales and the Process
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                           of Civilization
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  11                       [Y]ou were destined to marry a savage wild beast.
  12                                                            —Apuleius
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  15              In many a folktale and fairy tale, women encounter monstrous creatures. Hairy
  16              wolves and bears, slimy snakes and frogs, or even ogres partake of the hero-
  17              ines’ confrontations with the—male—Other. Following Bruno Bettelheim, psy-
  18              choanalytical analyses generally posit that beasts function as veiled symbols
  19              representing sexuality that children must initially experience as disgusting be-
  20              fore they reach maturity and discover its beauty. In contrast to such views,
  21              Jack Zipes argues t
				
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Description: This paper examines three Victorian fairy tales (Anne Thackeray Ritchie's "Beauty and the Beast" [1867], Juliana Horatia Ewing's "The Ogre Courting" [1871], and Mary Louisa Molesworth's "The Brown Bull of Norrowa" [1877]) and looks at how the tales illuminate the fairy-tale discourse on civilization. Though these three fairy tales are very different, they were written at about the same period and testify to how Victorian women writers rebelled against traditional gender roles-even when some aspects of the narratives seem to confirm the conservative civilizing process. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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