Renée Riese Hubert (essay date fall 1963)
SOURCE: Hubert, Renée Riese. “Poetic Humor in Madame d'Aulnoy's Fairy Tales.” L'Esprit Createur 3, no. 3 (fall 1963): 123-29.
[In the following essay, Hubert discusses d'Aulnoy's use of humor in her fairy tales, including humor directed toward the genre itself.]
Perrault, the famous author of Ma Mère l'Oye, so skillfully imitated the apparent simplicity of folklore that the underlying sophistication of his tales can easily be overlooked. Perrault's aristocratic contemporaries, Mme d'Aulnoy, Mme Murat, Mlle de La Force do not even require the services of an imaginary homespun narrator. They show fondness for detailed descriptions and contempt for straight...
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