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Beauty and the beast : classic tales about animal brides and grooms from around the world

Author: Maria Tatar
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nearly every culture tells the story of Beauty and the Beast in one fashion or another. From Cupid and Psyche to India's Snake Bride to South Africa's "Story of Five Heads," the partnering of beasts and beauties, of humans and animals in all their variety--cats, dogs, frogs, goats, lizards, bears, tortoises, monkeys, cranes, warthogs--has beguiled us for thousands of years, mapping the cultural contradictions that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fairy tales
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
(DLC) 2017000535
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Tatar
ISBN: 9780143111696 0143111698
OCLC Number: 952384463
Description: xxxv, 196 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Model couples from ancient times. Zeus and Europa (Ancient Greece). Cupid and Psyche (Ancient Rome). The girl who married a snake (India ). Hasan of Basra (Iran) --
Charismatic couples in the popular imagination. Beauty and the Beast (France). East of the sun and west of the moon (Norway). King pig (Italy). The frog king, or Iron Heinrich (Germany). The swan maidens (England). Princess Frog (Russia). The peri wife (Hindu-Persian) --
Animal grooms. The condor and the shepherdess (Bolivia). The parrot prince (Chile). Nicholas the fish (Colombia). The muskrat husband (Alaska). A boarhog for a husband (West Indies). The monkey bridegroom (Japan). Tale of the girl and the hyena-man (Ghana). The story of five heads (South Africa). The golden Crab (Greece). The girl who married a dog (Native American). The snake prince (India). The small-tooth dog (England). The queen of the pigeons (South Africa) --
Animal brides. The grateful crane (Japan). The piqued buffalo-wife (Native American). The turtle and the chickpea (Greece). The frog maiden (Myanmar). Chonguita (Philippines). Urashima Taro (Japan). Oisin in Tir na n-Og (Ireland). The dog bride (India). The swan maiden (Sweden). The hunter and the tortoise (Ghana). The peasant and Zemyne (Lithuania). Puddocky (Germany). The man who married a bear (Native American).
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Beauty and the beast (Penguin Books)
Responsibility: edited by Maria Tatar.

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Nearly every culture tells the story of Beauty and the Beast in one fashion or another. From Cupid and Psyche to India's Snake Bride to South Africa's "Story of Five Heads," the partnering of beasts and beauties, of humans and animals in all their variety--cats, dogs, frogs, goats, lizards, bears, tortoises, monkeys, cranes, warthogs--has beguiled us for thousands of years, mapping the cultural contradictions that riddle every romantic relationship. This book brings together tales from ancient times to the present and from a variety of cultures, highlighting the continuities and the range of themes in a fairy tale that has been used both to keep young women in their place and to encourage them to rebel, and that has entertained adults and children alike.

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Superb ... Each story is basically an expression of anxiety about marriage and relationships-about the animalistic nature of sex, and the fundamental strangeness of men and women to each other ... Read more...

 
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