Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood : Versions of the Tale in Sociocultural Context

by Jack David Zipes

Book, 1983



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South Hadley : Bergin & Garvey, 1983.

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The author presents thirty- one texts of "Little Red Riding Hood" from various cultures.

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LibraryThing member LynnB
Jack Zipes has collected 31 versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood for this book, ranging from 1697 to 1979, including plays, poems and stories. He introduces them with an essay that examines the themes of the story, mainly sexuality and the role of women, and sets a cultural context for the variations that arose over the years. Very interesting!

My one criticism is that I would have preferred to have the stories more interspersed with the analysis, rather than appended to it. I think the book as a whole might have flowed better this way.
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LibraryThing member the1butterfly
Jack Zipes recounts and analyzes the many ways people have used the story of "Little Red Riding Hood" to reflect their culture- particularly their perceptions of women and sexuality. This collection includes an essay by Zipes on this topic, and thirty-one of the stories used in the essay. It tells the reader many of the ways that we think about LRRH, and also gives a useful collection of variations.… (more)
LibraryThing member flying_monkeys
Rating: 4 of 5

The high rating is strictly for content, not for Zipes' analysis. The prologue and first essay were jam-packed with Little Red Riding Hood's history - loved 'em both! But the epilogue, "Reviewing and Re-Framing Little Red Riding Hood," started to bore me about halfway through.

The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood, Second Edition, offered a wealth of information: LRRH's history, a chronological bibliography, notes on the authors, AND a collection of 38 Little Red Riding Hood texts (aka stories). Overall, it was well worth the time it took me to hunt down a copy and the price to buy one.
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LibraryThing member extrajoker
The Trials & Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood is a chronological collection of prose, poetry, and play adaptations of the folk story, with variant endings. Zipes shows how changing societies have changed the story over the centuries, to reflect their mores. He even analyzes the way Little Red and the wolf have been portrayed in the illustrations over the years. I may have to look up some of the authors whose adaptations I really enjoyed.… (more)
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