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The Fairy Tale and the Works of Améile Nothomb

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Title:The Fairy Tale and the Works of Améile Nothomb
Authors:Harrison, Kevin it's
Contributors:Hoffmann, Kathryn (advisor)
French (department)
Keywords:French literature
Amélie Nothomb
Barbe bleue
Bluebeard
Fairy Tales
show 2 moreMercure
Riquet à la houppe
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Date Issued:2020
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:A man who photographs dead women, another who has trapped a woman on an island without mirrors, and the chance encounter between a hideous ornithologist and jewelry model; these are the subjects of the novels studied in this thesis. Written by Belgian author Amélie Nothomb, these novels (Barbe bleue, Mercure, and Riquet à la houppe), even though they are quite distinct from one another, have one common thread that runs through them: the fairy tale. Nothomb does not just rewrite the plots of fairy tales; she shows how objects affect the narrative of a tale. Through jewels, mirrors, eyeballs, and photographs, Nothomb crafts unique, sometimes hybrid fairy tales that demonstrate how the physical things that fill a story can be sites of female empowerment and community. This thesis, through a combination of literary and material cultural approaches, studies the objects that appear in Nothomb's novels and unravels their function
in her narratives.
Pages/Duration:93 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/68995
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas (French)


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