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Recycling Red Riding Hood

By Sandra L. Beckett

© 2003 – Routledge

384 pages

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Building on several years of research that included an examination of children's literature texts in 140 languages, Sandra Beckett introduces the retelling of the Red Riding Hood story in the general context of fairy tale intertextuality, a topic that has received very little attention in children's literature sespite its widespread application to adult literature. She demonstartes the ways in which the story has been internationally appropriated in contemporary texts and chooses representative retold stories from different languages and genres to examine a particular mode of motif in retellings of this classic tale. Ending the book with an analysis of Red Riding Hood in poular culture, Beckett summarizes the last 300 years in fairytale intertextuality and makes predictions about the future of this classic tale in the context of new media.


"Beckett's book is a welcome addition not only to fairy-tale scholarship, but also to the study of intertextuality and postmodernist play, whether thay play is textual or pictorial." Cathy Preston, Marvels & Tales

About the Author

Sandra Beckett, PhD, is Professor of French at brock University. She attended the Universite' d'Aix-Marseilles and received her PhD. in French Studies from the University of Manitoba.

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural