Academic journal article Seventeenth-Century News

Charles Perrault. Histoires Ou Contes Du Temps Passe: Contes De Ma Mere Oie

Academic journal article Seventeenth-Century News

Charles Perrault. Histoires Ou Contes Du Temps Passe: Contes De Ma Mere Oie

Article excerpt

Charles Perrault. Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passe: Contes de ma Mere Oie. Scott Fish, ed. Newark, DE: Moliere & Co., 2017. 129 pp. $16.95. Review by Denis D. Grele, The University of Memphis.

Students and educators have much to like in Scott Fish's new edition of Histoires ou Contes du temps passe, a classic by Charles Perrault. Primarily intended for French learners at the levels of Intermediate High to Advanced Low, this unabridged edition offers all the tools necessary for someone about to discover French literature. The book is organized in three parts. The "Introduction to the Student" contains biographical information about Perrault as well as the basic context in which the Contes were written and published. This section also contains a short explanation on the possible grammar difficulties of seventeenth-century French, such as the use of the "passe simple" or the placement of the object pronoun. The reader will find with it a solid critical bibliography on the Contes and Perrault as well as on the genre of fairy tales.

The second part is Perrault's text itself, illustrated with some engravings by Mittis and G. Picard for the 1894 edition. There are also annotations with many translations of potentially unfamiliar vocabulary in the margins. Translations of lengthier, more challenging expressions are provided at the bottom of each page. A French-English glossary constitutes the last portion.

This edition is particularly interesting for a teacher or a student of French for several reasons. The text itself is advantageous for an educator since it offers stories with which students are familiar (however, some students may be surprised that the hunter does not free Little Red Riding Hood from the belly of the Wolf. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.