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3-4 | 2011
Des Fata aux fées

Regards croisés de l’Antiquité à nos jours
Edited by Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère and Véronique Dasen
Couverture EDL 2011/3-4
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426 pages - 26 CHF
ISBN 978-2-940331-26-0

Where does the Sleeping Beauty tale come from? Who are the «fairies» that preside over the birth of the little princess? This volume collects various essays that bear witness to the extraordinary richness and complexity of this familiar story, starting with ancient Middle-Eastern birth cults and rituals. The fate that is determined at the moment of birth, linking as it does life-span and speech, is woven into the etymology of the word fairy itself, and this connection threads through the history of the tale in Western literature, art and culture from Antiquity to the present day. The volume brings to light the long literary and iconographic tradition related to La Belle au bois dormant/Sleeping Beauty, from Sumerian bas-reliefs to Perrault’s and Grimm’s classic versions of the tale to contemporary rewritings and film adaptations.

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