RR- Seifert

RR- Seifert - time: 1. Readers boredom with long romans...

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Gloria Li March 26, 2008 WSII: Myths and Fables Prof. Lennox Reading Response: Focused on Seifert’s argument about the historical/cultural influences on the stories Before I read this criticism, I wish I knew a bit more about the role that fairy tales played in the late seventeenth century France. I was completely clueless about the history of Europe, let alone France for that period of time. This left me confused when I started reading about some of the specifics that Seifert mentions like “the decline at the end of Louis XIV’s rein”. As much as I want to comment on some things that Seifert mentions, unfortunately, all I can do is make sense of the highlights in the essay and understand the historical and cultural influences on the stories. Fairy tales, or as the French calls it, conte de fees, emits a source of marvelous-ness that makes its presence original and noticeable in the midst of the French “classical” literatures. Seifert explains that five conditions caused the explosion of fairy tales at that
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Unformatted text preview: time: 1. Readers boredom with long romans (novels) from the middle of the century 2. The tradition of fantasy literature extending back to the Middle Ages 3. The use of Merveilleux in 17 th century court pastimes, opera, and salons 4. The sentiment of decline at he the end of Louis IVs rein (What caused the decline and why were people sentimental?) 5. The personal misfortune of many of the conteurs and conteuses (What are conteurs and conteuses?) The only thing I noticed about all these conditions is that none of them gave a direct explanation of why fairy tales became popular instead of another genre. Many of these conditions (1, 3, 4, 5) could have given birth to short stories, musicals, Shakespearean plays and so on. I felt that Seifert needed a bit more than these reasons in order to support her argument for why there were historical influences in fairy tales....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course WSII K10.0639 taught by Professor Lennox during the Spring '08 term at NYU.

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