Academic journal article Marvels & Tales

From the Editor

Academic journal article Marvels & Tales

From the Editor

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Interest is continually building around the fairy tale in early modern French Studies, in part thanks to scholars like Holly Tucker. The editors initially saw this special issue on "Reframing the Early French Fairy Tale" grow out of a session Tucker organized at the annual Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, entitled "Fairies and Enchantments/Fées et féeries" (October 2002). At this same conference Tucker gave an exciting talk about the popularity of fairy-tale courses at her university. Through her activities at conferences and other types of forums, not to mention through her own scholarly work, Tucker has proven to be a great advocate for the teaching and study of the early modern French fairy tale. In her own work, notably Pregnant Fictions: Childbirth and the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France (2003), Tucker herself has worked to reframe our approach to the genre by carrying out readings of literary tales grounded in sociopolitical, medical, and popular knowledge about childbirth. As Guest Editor, Tucker has assembled scholars who challenge current paradigms used to approach the study of the fairy tale. …

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