Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Spinning Straw into Gold: What Fairy Tales Reveal about the Transformations in a Woman's Life

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Spinning Straw into Gold: What Fairy Tales Reveal about the Transformations in a Woman's Life

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Spinning Straw Into Gold: What Fairy Tales Reveal About the Transformations in a Woman's Life, by Joan Could. Random House, February 2005. $25.95

Joan Gould's summaries of fairy tales, while accurate, shed no new light on the stories. Instead, her generalizations and conclusions may irate more than enlighten. For instance, she states that "Most men are unsure of their own taste and so they wait for a young woman ... to give out signals that she's . . . desirable and desirous of ... handling life for both of them." Her theory on the Cinderella' story is that her slipper (shoe) is a symbol of a vagina. Since it is the woman who puts her own foot in her own slipper, this interpretation isn't clear. She explains the crushing of the glass underfoot by the groom at the Jewish marriage ceremony as the rupturing of the bride's hymen. According to a scholarly source, however, the action serves as a reminder that we "still live in an unredeemed world. …

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