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The Tale of Bluebeard in German LiteratureFrom the Eighteenth Century to the Present$
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Mererid Puw Davies

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242757.001.0001

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‘Unendliche Geschichte’ 1 Reading Märchen

‘Unendliche Geschichte’ 1 Reading Märchen

(p.1) 1 ‘Unendliche Geschichte’1 Reading Märchen
The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature

Mererid Puw Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines scholarly views of the Märchen genre and demonstrates that the Märchen is in no sense a timeless form. It argues that our perception of it is formed by a canon biased in favour of masculinist values and shows ways in which some women writers have sought to challenge those values by exploiting the genre's subversive potential. In other words, the chapter sets out the reasons why this study examines not only canonical works but also texts which fall outside the canon, and pays particular attention to texts by women and to texts which do not fit the classical generic mould.

Keywords:   masculinist values, women writers, canon, subversive potential

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