University Libraries Present– French Fairy Tales: When Women Took Over

Join us on March 23 at 1:00 in the Center for Scholarly Communications (2nd floor of the Central Reading Room in Melville Library) for the next event in our month-long colloquium series in honor of Women’s History Month:

Dr. Sophie Raynard Leroy:

French Fairy Tales: When Women Took Over

When one talks about classic European fairy tales one immediately thinks of Charles Perrault, the Grimm Brothers, and Hans Christian Andersen, that male trio from whom our basic knowledge of fairy tales originates and whose versions of the stories served as models for the modern Disney productions.  But what about the constellation of women storytellers who gravitated around them and helped them revive that forgotten or lesser-praised literary genre? In France at the end of the 17th century the genre dramatically expanded thanks to the works of women such as the French conteuses: Madame d’Aulnoy, Madame de Murat, Mlle de La Force, etc., who wrote two thirds of the tales published during that time, hence creating a dazzling fairy-tale vogue from which only Perrault has passed the test of time in the large public. That vogue had some resurgences in the 18th century with further female storytellers inspiring each other, two of whom: Mme de Villeneuve and Mme Leprince de Beaumont, having brought to us the tale of “The Beauty and the Beast” as we now know it today. As part of celebrating Women’s History Month, this paper will present Perrault’s female counterparts and their significant contribution to the sophistication and the modernization of the fairy tale in 17th- and 18th-century France.

This talk will be in English.

Dr. Raynard-Leroy is Associate Professor of French & Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, & Cultures.  Recent publications include La Seconde Préciosité. Floraison des conteuses de 1690 à 1756. (Gunter Narr Verlag, 2002), “La magie de Saint-Cloud par Madame d’Aulnoy” (Relief 4:2, 2010), and “Le défi des conteuses: faire de la femme scandaleuse une héroïne de fiction” (Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature XXXVII: 72, 2010).  She is also the editor and translator of The Teller’s Tale: Lives of the Classic Fairy-Tale Writers (SUNY Press, 2012).
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Kate Kasten-Mutkus

Kate Kasten-Mutkus

Head of Humanities & Social Sciences at Stony Brook University Libraries
Kate is Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stony Brook University Libraries. She is the liaison to the French & Francophone Studies program and the Russian Studies program.
Kate Kasten-Mutkus
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