Fairy tales with a creepy twist, from the so-called decadent school

FAIRY TALES FOR THE DISILLUSIONED

Gretchen Schultz and Lewis Seifert (eds.)

Twisted fairy tales have a surprisingly lengthy history. That’s especially true in France, homeland of Charles Perrault, who popularized the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in the 17th century. So when writers of the so-called decadent school, a kind of artistic alt-right, wanted to react to the political and socio-economic turmoil of 19th-century France—two empires, two...

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