The Fairy Tale and the Works of Améile Nothomb

dc.contributor.advisor Hoffmann, Kathryn Harrison, Kevin it's
dc.contributor.department French 2020-07-07T19:14:04Z 2020-07-07T19:14:04Z 2020 M.A.
dc.subject French literature
dc.subject Amélie Nothomb
dc.subject Barbe bleue
dc.subject Bluebeard
dc.subject Fairy Tales
dc.subject Mercure
dc.subject Riquet à la houppe
dc.title The Fairy Tale and the Works of Améile Nothomb
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.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.
dcterms.extent 93 pages
dcterms.language eng
dcterms.publisher University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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