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In search of the swan maiden : a narrative on folklore and gender, Barbara Fass Leavy

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In search of the swan maiden : a narrative on folklore and gender
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In search of the swan maiden
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a narrative on folklore and gender
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Barbara Fass Leavy
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eng
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The swan maiden is a supernatural woman forced to marry, keep house, and bear children for a mortal man who holds the key to her imprisonment. When she manages to regain this key, she escapes to the otherworld, rarely to return. In this book, Barbara Fass Leavy studies the meaning of gender in the stories that cluster around the swan maiden. The author poses questions concerning how the female folk socialize other women in a man's world, how myths of feminine evil attach themselves to widely disseminated folktales, and how ominous meanings are obscured by the traditional happy endings of some fairy tales. By including the swan maiden in a group of folklore characters designated as animal brides, and comparing them to animal grooms, Leavy also offers an alternative to the traditional emphasis by folklorists and other scholars on animal groom narratives, and shows how the commentators' neglect of frog princesses in favor of frog princes, for example, is paralleled by the folklore themes in stories of shapeshifting women. Beautifully written, this book reveals the myriad ways in which the folktales become allegories of gender relations. Barbara Fass Leavy expertly combines literary, gender, and cultural studies to present the swan maiden as the prototypical other. The swan maiden tale has been interpreted as depicting exogamous marriages. Barbara Fass Leavy's argument is a more radical and inclusive variation of this speculation. She believes that, in the societies in which the tale and its variants were told, woman was the other - trapped by marriage in a world never quite her own. Leavy shows how the tale, though rarely explicitly recognized, is frequently replayed in modern literature and life
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1936-
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Leavy, Barbara Fass
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Swan maiden (Tale)
  • Swan maiden (Tale)
  • Women
  • Sex
  • Man-woman relationships
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In search of the swan maiden : a narrative on folklore and gender, Barbara Fass Leavy
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-367) and index
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Contents
Genesis: Belles Dames sans Merci, Swan Maidens, Demon Lovers. The Swan Maiden Tale: A Summary. Woman as "Other" Folk Narratives and Fantasy: Narrative as Self-expression. Quest or Search: Gender Significance in Two Story Patterns -- Ch. 1. Introduction: The Dangerous Adventure. Antithetical Stories: The Captured Fairy Bride and the Woman Abducted by a Demon Lover. The Symbolic Otherworld. Impossible Tasks: The Literary Critic as Folklorist. Problems of Folklore Methodology. Variability of Patriarchy: Degrees of Female Autonomy. Narrative Reconstruction: The Role of Folktale Variants -- Ch. 2. Urvasi and the Swan Maidens: The Runaway Wife. Swan Maidens Who Are Not Swans. The Meaning of the Swan as Signifier of the Story Type. Swan and Serpent: Odette and Odile. Gender Conflict in the Sanskrit Tale of Pururavas and Urvasi: Urvasi as Swan Maiden. Myths of Romantic Love: Realism in the Swan Maiden Tale. Swan Maidens and Valkyries: The Immortal Brides of the Icelandic Saga. Kidnap and Rape: The Capture of the Swan Maiden. Female Bonding in the Swan Maiden Tale -- Ch. 3. The Devil's Bride. Urvasi and the Gandharvas. Triangular Relationships. Conflict and Fantasy: Fidelity to the Otherworld. The Ballad of "The Demon Lover" (Child 243): An Analysis. Shirley Jackson's Demonic Seducer: James Harris. The Collapse of the Triangle: The Ordinary Husband as Demon Lover. Devils and Witches. The North American Star Husband Tales -- Ch. 4. The Animal Groom. Animal Groom Tales: Cupids and Psyches, Beauties and Beasts, Frog, Princes -- and Others. The Paradox of the Search for the Lost Husband: Active Heroine or, Penitent Wife? Swan Maidens in Animal Groom Tales. Cupid, Psyche, and the Realities of Wedlock. The Reluctant Bride: Exogamous Marriages. Bestiality. Bruno Bettelheim and the Animal Groom Cycle: Errors and Insights. Importance of Gender in the Tales and Their Tellers. Fathers and Mothers in Animal Groom Tales. The Lohengrin Legend: Swan Maidens, Swan Knights, and Swan Children. Civilizing the Beast: Woman's Role in Culture. Taboo Motifs: Narrative Devices and Thematically Significant Story Elements. Defying the Taboo: Psyche's Quest for Consciousness. The Variability of Psyche. Psyche and Consciousness Raising: Sisterhood and Power. Sexual Awakening and Sexual Repression. Metamorphoses: Taming the Beast. Nature and Culture: The Price of Disenchantment. Mutual Disenchantments. Rhetoric and the Cupid and Psyche Tale -- Ch. 5. Swan Maiden and Incubus. The Incubi as Pururavas's Rival. Incubus as Demon Lover and Incubus as Nightmare Dream. A Transformation: From Folklore to Demonology. The Mar-Wife Story: Swan Maiden as Nightmare Demon. The Mare in Nightmare: The Gender and Sexual Significance of Horses and Riders. Secret Visits to the Otherworld: Witches' Sabbaths, Supernatural Revels, and Other Orgies. The Fear of Woman. Inquisitions and Exorcisms: Mutilations and Executions. The Heretical Swan Maiden. From Nature Spirit to Incubus -- and the Reverse. Swan Maiden and Demon Lover as Dream Figures: Theoretical Aspects. The Collective and Individual Nature of Dreams. The Danger of the Dreaming Woman: Literary and Folkloristic Examples. Fallen Angels: Genesis 6. Lilith: Liberated Woman as Demon. Natural and Unnatural Mothers: Swan Maidens, Lilith, La Llorona, Medea. The Demon Child: Changelings and Other Deviant Children in Folklore, Literature, and Film. The Devil Baby of Hull House and the Abuse of Woman -- Ch. 6. The Animal Bride. Handsome and the Beastess: A Neglected Story Pattern. The Slaughter of the Swan Maiden. Two Different Swan Maiden Story Patterns. The Significance of Happy Endings: Swan Maidens Who Wish to Be Won Back. The Mysterious Housekeeper Stories: The Domestic Swan Maiden. Struggles for Power: The Master-Maid. The Tale of the Three Oranges: Marriage and Dependency. Fair and Foul: Loathly Ladies and Black Swans. Substitute Brides: The Ideal of the Perfect Wife. Myths of Feminine Evil: The Repellent Animal Bride. Russalka and the Forcibly Domesticated Wife. Melusine and Other Serpent Brides: The Phallic Woman. Disenchantment as Mutilation. Woman and Exorcism. The Fearful Kiss and the Disappointed Animal Bride: Examples of Unbroken Enchantments. Broken Taboos and Wife Abuse in Animal Bride Tales -- Ch. 7. Orpheus's Quest. The Swan Maiden Tale from a Man's Point of View. Folklore and the Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Fairylands and Infernos: The Romance of Sir Orfeo. Eurydice as Swan Maiden: Victim or Demon? Orpheus's Failure and Patriarchal Power. Orpheus and the Broken Taboo. The Abused Wife: Varieties of Marital Failure. Confused Orpheuses: What Does Woman Want? Dependent Orpheuses. Misogynistic Orpheuses. Separation from the Female Parent: Witches, Mothers, and Mothers-in-Law. The Oedipal Split: Fathers, Demon Lovers, and Other Male Models. The Vulnerability of Orpheus -- Ch. 8. Etain's Two Husbands: The Swan Maiden's Choice. Pururavas's Ascent to the Gods and the Allure of the Real World. Swan Maidens Who Choose the Human World. The Demon Lover as Trickster: Outwitting the Diabolical Seducer. The Wager for the Swan Maiden: Etain, Damayanti, and the Gambling Game. The Folktale of "The Two Husbands" Nuclear Families in Folktales: The Symbolically Integrated Personality. Choice and Fantasy: Choice as Fantasy. The Dancing Dress: Ibsen's Nora as Swan Maiden. Nora's Choice. Folktales and Runaway Wives
Control code
28585423
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 374 pages
Isbn
9780814750681
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1565390
Label
In search of the swan maiden : a narrative on folklore and gender, Barbara Fass Leavy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-367) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Genesis: Belles Dames sans Merci, Swan Maidens, Demon Lovers. The Swan Maiden Tale: A Summary. Woman as "Other" Folk Narratives and Fantasy: Narrative as Self-expression. Quest or Search: Gender Significance in Two Story Patterns -- Ch. 1. Introduction: The Dangerous Adventure. Antithetical Stories: The Captured Fairy Bride and the Woman Abducted by a Demon Lover. The Symbolic Otherworld. Impossible Tasks: The Literary Critic as Folklorist. Problems of Folklore Methodology. Variability of Patriarchy: Degrees of Female Autonomy. Narrative Reconstruction: The Role of Folktale Variants -- Ch. 2. Urvasi and the Swan Maidens: The Runaway Wife. Swan Maidens Who Are Not Swans. The Meaning of the Swan as Signifier of the Story Type. Swan and Serpent: Odette and Odile. Gender Conflict in the Sanskrit Tale of Pururavas and Urvasi: Urvasi as Swan Maiden. Myths of Romantic Love: Realism in the Swan Maiden Tale. Swan Maidens and Valkyries: The Immortal Brides of the Icelandic Saga. Kidnap and Rape: The Capture of the Swan Maiden. Female Bonding in the Swan Maiden Tale -- Ch. 3. The Devil's Bride. Urvasi and the Gandharvas. Triangular Relationships. Conflict and Fantasy: Fidelity to the Otherworld. The Ballad of "The Demon Lover" (Child 243): An Analysis. Shirley Jackson's Demonic Seducer: James Harris. The Collapse of the Triangle: The Ordinary Husband as Demon Lover. Devils and Witches. The North American Star Husband Tales -- Ch. 4. The Animal Groom. Animal Groom Tales: Cupids and Psyches, Beauties and Beasts, Frog, Princes -- and Others. The Paradox of the Search for the Lost Husband: Active Heroine or, Penitent Wife? Swan Maidens in Animal Groom Tales. Cupid, Psyche, and the Realities of Wedlock. The Reluctant Bride: Exogamous Marriages. Bestiality. Bruno Bettelheim and the Animal Groom Cycle: Errors and Insights. Importance of Gender in the Tales and Their Tellers. Fathers and Mothers in Animal Groom Tales. The Lohengrin Legend: Swan Maidens, Swan Knights, and Swan Children. Civilizing the Beast: Woman's Role in Culture. Taboo Motifs: Narrative Devices and Thematically Significant Story Elements. Defying the Taboo: Psyche's Quest for Consciousness. The Variability of Psyche. Psyche and Consciousness Raising: Sisterhood and Power. Sexual Awakening and Sexual Repression. Metamorphoses: Taming the Beast. Nature and Culture: The Price of Disenchantment. Mutual Disenchantments. Rhetoric and the Cupid and Psyche Tale -- Ch. 5. Swan Maiden and Incubus. The Incubi as Pururavas's Rival. Incubus as Demon Lover and Incubus as Nightmare Dream. A Transformation: From Folklore to Demonology. The Mar-Wife Story: Swan Maiden as Nightmare Demon. The Mare in Nightmare: The Gender and Sexual Significance of Horses and Riders. Secret Visits to the Otherworld: Witches' Sabbaths, Supernatural Revels, and Other Orgies. The Fear of Woman. Inquisitions and Exorcisms: Mutilations and Executions. The Heretical Swan Maiden. From Nature Spirit to Incubus -- and the Reverse. Swan Maiden and Demon Lover as Dream Figures: Theoretical Aspects. The Collective and Individual Nature of Dreams. The Danger of the Dreaming Woman: Literary and Folkloristic Examples. Fallen Angels: Genesis 6. Lilith: Liberated Woman as Demon. Natural and Unnatural Mothers: Swan Maidens, Lilith, La Llorona, Medea. The Demon Child: Changelings and Other Deviant Children in Folklore, Literature, and Film. The Devil Baby of Hull House and the Abuse of Woman -- Ch. 6. The Animal Bride. Handsome and the Beastess: A Neglected Story Pattern. The Slaughter of the Swan Maiden. Two Different Swan Maiden Story Patterns. The Significance of Happy Endings: Swan Maidens Who Wish to Be Won Back. The Mysterious Housekeeper Stories: The Domestic Swan Maiden. Struggles for Power: The Master-Maid. The Tale of the Three Oranges: Marriage and Dependency. Fair and Foul: Loathly Ladies and Black Swans. Substitute Brides: The Ideal of the Perfect Wife. Myths of Feminine Evil: The Repellent Animal Bride. Russalka and the Forcibly Domesticated Wife. Melusine and Other Serpent Brides: The Phallic Woman. Disenchantment as Mutilation. Woman and Exorcism. The Fearful Kiss and the Disappointed Animal Bride: Examples of Unbroken Enchantments. Broken Taboos and Wife Abuse in Animal Bride Tales -- Ch. 7. Orpheus's Quest. The Swan Maiden Tale from a Man's Point of View. Folklore and the Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Fairylands and Infernos: The Romance of Sir Orfeo. Eurydice as Swan Maiden: Victim or Demon? Orpheus's Failure and Patriarchal Power. Orpheus and the Broken Taboo. The Abused Wife: Varieties of Marital Failure. Confused Orpheuses: What Does Woman Want? Dependent Orpheuses. Misogynistic Orpheuses. Separation from the Female Parent: Witches, Mothers, and Mothers-in-Law. The Oedipal Split: Fathers, Demon Lovers, and Other Male Models. The Vulnerability of Orpheus -- Ch. 8. Etain's Two Husbands: The Swan Maiden's Choice. Pururavas's Ascent to the Gods and the Allure of the Real World. Swan Maidens Who Choose the Human World. The Demon Lover as Trickster: Outwitting the Diabolical Seducer. The Wager for the Swan Maiden: Etain, Damayanti, and the Gambling Game. The Folktale of "The Two Husbands" Nuclear Families in Folktales: The Symbolically Integrated Personality. Choice and Fantasy: Choice as Fantasy. The Dancing Dress: Ibsen's Nora as Swan Maiden. Nora's Choice. Folktales and Runaway Wives
Control code
28585423
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 374 pages
Isbn
9780814750681
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1565390

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