Carter - a revisionist is an insult Although she simply took the Grimm tales and added an extra kick by exaggerating the underlying meaning more it

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This response is meant to introduce Carter's stories, and does not assume you've yet read them. They do have to be read before our next class meeting. In responding to the idea that she "retells" traditional tales, Carter has this to say: "My intention was not to do 'versions' or, as the American edition of the book said, horribly, 'adult' fairy tales, but to extract the latent content from the traditional stories and to use it as the beginnings of new stories." Discuss some of the implications of Carter's statement. Why would she refuse the idea of herself as revisionist? What do you see as some of the "latent" content of the Grimm’s tales? What are your expectations for Carter's stories, based on this quote? Carter probably doesn’t like the idea of herself as a revisionist because she is a writer, and wants her work to be viewed as original, not revised. If her work is revised then it means it is not her own. For a writer to be called
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Unformatted text preview: a revisionist is an insult. Although, she simply took the Grimm tales and added an extra kick by exaggerating the underlying meaning more, it is her idea, and she would like that to be acknowledged. Some of the latent content of the Grimm fairy tales are a lot of the ideas we discussed in class. Throughout the Grimm Fairy Tales there are many sexual innuendoes, one must read between the lines to see the true meaning. For example, in the story Rapunzell , every time the prince comes to visit her, they are having sex. Also, during Little Red Riding Hood the wolf represents a man who is trying to rape the young girl. My expectations for Carter’s stories are that they will be truer versions of the Grimm tales. Her versions will probably be more extreme and detailed. Carter’s fairy tails might further express the underlying meanings and sexual innuendoes. In general I expect her stories to be more interesting....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENG 243 taught by Professor Cohenour during the Fall '08 term at Rhode Island.

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