Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World
On Sale: March 7, 2017
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One of our most beloved and elemental fairy tales, in
versions from across the centuries and around the
world—published to coincide with Disney’s live-action 3D
musical film starring Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Ewan
McGregor, Audra McDonald, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, and
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.
In this fascinating volume, preeminent fairy tale scholar
Maria Tatar brings together tales from ancient times to the
present and from a wide 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. With fresh commentary, she shows
us what animals and monsters, both male and female, tell us
about ourselves, and about the transformative power of empathy.
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