Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked

Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked

Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of A Fairy Tale

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Baker & Taylor
Reveals the intricate sexual politics, moral ambiguities, and philosophical underpinnings of the folktale, tracing its history from the court of Louis XIV to its applications in modern marketing, and showing how it has served as a measure of social and sexual mores for women.

Perseus Publishing
A young scholar goes to Grandmother's house--and beyond--to uncover the surprisingly complex and contradictory morals we've learned from this seemingly simple folk tale

In Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked Catherine Orenstein reveals for the first time the intricate sexual politics, moral ambiguities and philosophical underpinnings of Red Riding Hood's epic journey to Grandmother's house--and how, from the nursery on, the story influences our view of the world. Beginning with its first publication as a cautionary tale on the perils of seduction, written in reaction to the licentiousness of the court of Louis XIV, Orenstein traces the many and various lives the tale has lived since then, from its appearance in modern advertisements for cosmetics and automobiles to the inspiration it brought to poets like Anne Sexton and its starring role in pornographic films. In Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked, Red appears as seductress, hapless victim, riot grrrrl, femme fatale, and even she-wolf, as Orenstein shows how, through centuries of different guises, the story has served as a barometer of social and sexual mores pertaining to women. Full of fascinating history, generous wit, and intelligent analysis, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked proves that the story of one young girl's trip through the woods continues to be one of our most compelling modern myths.


Book News
A freelance writer traces shifting cultural messages about sex roles reflected in this classic fairy tale's diverse incarnations. Versions interpreted and illustrated include Perrault's original 17th century tale, the Grimm brothers' Victorian revision, Avery's animated Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), a 1972 feminist version, and 1990s porn and indie movies. Based on a Harvard U. senior thesis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Reveals the intricate sexual politics, moral ambiguities, and philosophical underpinnings of the folktale, tracing its history from the court of Louis XIV to its applications in modern marketing, and showing how it has served as a measure of social and sexual mores for women. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780465041251
0465041256
Branch Call Number: 398.2094 ORENS
Characteristics: xiii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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