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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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The Collector: E. Arlitt, ‘blaubart’

The Collector: E. Arlitt, ‘blaubart’

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The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature

Mererid Puw Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses an alternative, 19th-century comic and romantic Bluebeard tradition represented by Eugenie Marlitt's novella ‘Blaubart’ (1866), the first German Bluebeard text known to be written by a woman. Marlitt's apparently superficial, if entertaining, ‘Blaubart’ encodes some major changes in the Blaubartmärchen. Violent force is replaced by the constraints of love; and what used to be a shameful secret is made visible and yet invisible, as a work of art. At another level, the whole notion of secrecy is transferred onto the genre of the novella itself, which is a kind of detective story, a genre which comes to be associated with later Bluebeard versions.

Keywords:   Eugenie Marlitt, Blaubart, sevrecy, detective stories, violence, love

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