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Handsome Heroines: Women as Men in Folklore
This fanciful and witty retelling of classic folktales from around the world reveals how women across the ages have evaded discrimination by masquerading as men. Playful yet thought-provoking, these tales pay glorious tribute to women by proving that no tale is as exciting and irresistible as that of the heroine in hero's clothing.
Paperback, 262 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Anchor Books,U.S.
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Hm. Two and a half stars, actually. This book tells more about the author than anything else. The certain slant on the stories, what is emphasized, what is downplayed, the nature of the stories chosen ... they all create an interesting portrait of the woman who wrote it. She has an interesting view on what it would mean to be a man that rings false for me. She's also very interested in the sexual aspects of the stories, which gets awkward, burdensome, but at times insightful. I don't think I'd r ...more
Good international flavor and I liked the way the author/folklorist tried to capture the flavor of each area's storytelling traditions. She also includes some stories I'd never encountered before, making it an overall worthwhile read, though not quite as good as I hoped.