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The tale of Madame d’Aulnoy

July 13, 2017

  An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 15th June 2017, written by the Oxford Reference marketing team.

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'We may see fairy tales now as something from our youth, a story to get a child to sleep, keep them from boredom, or to teach a moral lesson. However, fairy tales haven’t always just been for kids. In late seventeenth-century France the fairy tale became a ‘legitimate’ genre of literature for the educated (adult) classes to read. Fairy tales were introduced in to literary salons by a group of gifted female writers, including Mme d’Aulnoy, Mme d’Auneuil, Mme de Murat, Mlle Lhéritier, and Mme de La Force. The below video provides a brief introduction to this era of fairy tales and the most famous French writer of fairy tales (after Charles Perrault): Mme d’Aulnoy...'

Discover more: Read the rest of the article and watch the video on the OUPblog.  

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