Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights as a Fairy Tale

One of the things that struck me while reading all of the different types of criticism on Wuthering Heights is the fact that there seems to be a general agreement that the novel is a folktale or fairytale. It is a distinction that seems to transcend typical critical boundaries, and it got me thinking about what makes Wuthering Heights a folktale/fairytale. I forget which article we read said that one thing that the novel shares with fairytales is timelessness, but thinking about it, I see what they mean. Read more

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The Original Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty fairy tale appeared in Europe all the way back in the 16th century in French. It existed as a story called “Troylus and Zellandine” in Perceforest, a romance of adventure that included King Arthur and his famous knights. The only major difference between this early instance of the classic story is the fact that the fairy godmothers who protect the princess are replaced with the Greek Goddesses, Lucina, Themis, and Venus. It is in fact, without fairies in the traditional sense and is much more consistent with the medieval period’s romance of adventure tropes with the focus being on a knight’s martial prowess and his bloody adventures.

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The Sleeping Beauty tale that we recognize today was first set onto paper by an Italian man, Giambattista Basile, in his Il Pentamarone collection of fairy tales in 1634. Read more