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The Lost Princess

Women Writers and the History of Classic Fairy Tales

Once upon a time: the forgotten female fabulists whose heroines flipped the fairy tale script.
People often associate fairy tales with Disney films and with the male authors from whom Disney often drew inspiration—notably Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen. In these portrayals, the princess is a passive, compliant figure. By contrast, The Lost Princess shows that classic fairy tales such as “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” and “Beauty and the Beast” have a much richer, more complex history than Disney’s saccharine depictions. Anne E. Duggan recovers the voices of women writers such as Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy, Marie-Jeanne L’Héritier, and Charlotte-Rose de La Force, who penned popular tales about ogre-killing, pregnant, cross-dressing, dynamic heroines who saved the day. This new history will appeal to anyone who wants to know more about the lost, plucky heroines of historic fairy tales.

320 pages | 10 color plates, 29 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Not-So-Passive Cinderella
Chapter 2: Beauties, Beasts and d’Aulnoy’s Legacy
Chapter 3: The Other Famous Cat Tale
Chapter 4: The Lost Amazon Warriors
Photo Acknowledgements

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