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The Irresistible Fairy TaleThe Cultural and Social History of a Genre$
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Jack Zipes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153384

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153384.001.0001

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Remaking “Bluebeard,” or Good-bye to Perrault

Remaking “Bluebeard,” or Good-bye to Perrault

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(p.41) 3 Remaking “Bluebeard,” or Good-bye to Perrault
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The Irresistible Fairy Tale
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Jack Zipes

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153384.003.0003

This chapter analyzes Catherine Breillat's film Bluebeard. It argues that Breillat's filmic appropriation of Charles Perrault's “Bluebeard” is part of a memetic process that entails imitation, innovation, and transformation. Her interpretation of Perrault's tale is a contestation, and while she seeks to replace Perrault's version with a double rendition of his tale, she also emphasizes the significance of Perrault's tale and demonstrates how all Bluebeard tales are part of a singular discursive process within the larger genre of the fairy tale. Interestingly, both Perrault and Breillat become merely markers in the evolutionary history of a tale type about mass murders that continues to breathe and demand our attention through supernormal stimuli.

Keywords:   Catherine Breillat, Bluebeard, Charles Perrault, fairy tales, memetic process

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