Scholar Graham Anderson has compared the story to a local legend recounted by Pausanias in which, each year, a virgin girl was offered to a malevolent spirit dressed in the skin of a wolf, who raped the girl. Weinheim: Juventa Verlag, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Western Folklore
Prague City Guide. Catherine Orenstien's work focuses particularly on the sexuality and morality of Red Riding Hood and how this is constantly re-written and adapted by cultures through time. A study of the main female protagonists of Little Red Riding Hood through different renderings of the story throughout history and an interesting investigation into their initial appearance and role in illustrations throughout the century's.
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Overall it is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about this fairytale which has changed so much over the years, it is a tough topic to write about as there are so many different interpretations of it and there have been so many adaptations and usage of the characters that it's impossible to note and analyse every one of them and Catherine Orenstein has little red riding hood uncloaked sex morality and the evolution of a fairy tale in East Sussex done an admirable job with this.
The author found a nice compromise between scholarly and readable. I loved the way the section on After a slow start, I thoroughly enjoyed this analysis of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, from its genesis as a folk tale in many parts of the world through to analysis of the red riding hood theme in modern books, cartoons and films.
All in all the title is the best part. She also teaches you about the basic anatomy of a fairytale and occasionally discusses other popular narratives that follow that structure, like Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Blue Beard, and Star Wars.
Karin Richter and Rainer Schlundt, eds. The Annotated Brothers Grimm. Diana Woods and Janet Nelson.