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Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale by Catherine OrensteinIn Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked, Catherine Orenstein reveals for the first time the intricate sexual politics, moral ambiguities, and philosophical underpinnings of Red Riding Hoods epic journey to her grandmothers house, and how, from the nursery on, fairy tales influence 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 lives the tale has lived since then, from its appearance in modern advertisements for cosmetics and automobiles, the inspiration it brought to poets such as 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 girls trip through the woods continues to be one of our most compelling modern myths.
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By Catherine Orensiein. New York: Basic Books, Along the way, she draws on an eclectic mix of critical and theoretical approaches to the tale social and historical, psychological, structural, and feminist, as well as the discourse on gender and sexuality in order to develop a thesis that acknowledges the tale's "timeless and universal" qualities, but which ultimately is far more interested in the tale's culturally specific adaptations to time and place. As Orenstein explains, her purpose regarding the figure of Little Red Riding Hood is to "explore some of her multitude of reincarnations, not in search of universal truths, but on the contrary, as evidence of how human truths change" 5. The book is composed of an Introduction, "Cloaking the Heroine," an Epilogue, "Under the Cloak," and ten chapters, each focused on a different text or related set of texts and each mapping a cultural change in the representation of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf. Each chapter is prefaced with one of the texts verbal or visual that will be analyzed in that chapter, a feature of the book that is particularly handy if one is thinking about adopting it for use in a folklore or literary course.
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