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Resistance and Transformation: On Fairy Tales

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Resistance and Transformation: On Fairy Tales

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Author: Mari Ness
Publisher: Aqueduct Press, 2021
Series: Conversation Pieces: Book 78

1. The Grand Conversation
2. With Her Body
3. Changeling
4. Counting on Wildflowers
5. The Traveling Tide
6. The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor
7. Ordinary People
8. Writing the Other
9. Alien Bootlegger
10. The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding)
11. Talking Back
12. Absolute Uncertainty
13. Candle in a Bottle
14. Knots
15. Naomi Mitchison
16. We, Robots
17. Making Love in Madrid
18. Of Love and Other Monsters
19. Aliens of the Heart
20. Voices from Fairyland
21. My Death
22. De Secretis Mulierum
23. Distances
24. Three Observations and a Dialogue
25. The Buonarotti Quartet
26. Slightly Behind and to the Left
27. Through the Drowsy Dark
28. Shotgun Lullabies
29. A Brood of Foxes
30. The Bone Spindle
31. The Last Letter
32. We Wuz Pushed
33. The Receptionist and Other Tales
34. Birds and Birthdays
35. The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others
36. Spring in Geneva
37. The XY Conspiracy
38. Numa
39. Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction
40. NoFood
41. The Haunted Girl
42. Three Songs for Roxy
43. Ghost Signs
44. The Prince of the Aquamarines
45. Back, Belly, and Side
46. A Day in Deep Freeze
47. A Field Guide to the Spirits
48. Marginalia to Stone Bird
49. Unpronounceable
50. Sleeping Under the Tree of Life
51. Other Places
52. Monteverde
53. The Adventure of the Incognita Countess
54. Boundaries, Border Crossings, and Reinventing the Future
55. Liberating the Astronauts
56. In Search of Lost Time
57. Cosmovore
58. Helen's Story
59. Liminal Spaces
60. Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints
61. If Not Skin
62. The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum
63. People Change
64. Invocabulary
65. The Green and Growing
66. Everything is Made of Letters
67. Midnight at the Organporium
68. Algorithmic Shapeshifting
69. The Rampant
70. Mary Shelley Makes a Monster
71. Articulation
72. City of a Thousand Feelings
73. Ancient Songs of Us
74. The Adventure of the Naked Guide
75. Sacred Summer
76. Disease
77. Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms
78. Resistance and Transformation: On Fairy Tales
79. The Silences of Ararat
80. Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection
81. The Adventures of the Golden Woman
82. Fricatives
83. We've Been Here Before
84. Bilabials

Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
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Synopsis

Once upon a time... a group of French aristocrats, trapped by their culture and gender, wanted to speak out against the regime and the king. But they could not, for that king was Louis XIV.And so they turned to fairy tales.In this collection of fourteen essays, Mari Ness explores the lives and tales of these remarkable writers who used fairy tales to subtly critique -- and in a few cases, support -- the absolutist rule of Louis XIV. They include the scandalous Henriette Julie de Murat, imprisoned for debauchery, and rumored to wear men's clothing; Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force, imprisoned for writing impious poetry; and Madame d'Aulnoy, who spent years of her life in exile from her beloved country, but still insisted on contributing to French literature.

Told with wit and humor, the essays help set beloved fairy tales into their historical and cultural context. A must read for fairy tale lovers and anyone interested in how words can be shaped into acts of resistance.


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