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Secrets beyond the Door:
The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives
Maria Tatar

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations xi
INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER 1: The Attractions of "Bluebeard": The Origins and Fortunes of a Folktale 11
CHAPTER 2: "Have You ever really been afraid? . . . of a man?. . . of a house?. . . of yourself?”: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Modern Gothics 67
CHAPTER 3: Investigative Pleasures: Bluebeard’s Wife in Hollywood 89
CHAPTER 4: Rewriting "Bluebeard": Resisting the Cult of Death 108
CHAPTER 5: Monstrous Wives: Bluebeard as Criminal and Cultural Hero 132
CHAPTER 6: The Art of Murder: Bluebeard as Artist and Aesthete 152
EPILOGUE 169

APPENDIX
Cultural Variants of "Bluebeard" 175
Charles Perrault,"Bluebeard" 175
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,"The Robber Bridegroom" 179
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,"Fitcher’s Bird" 182
Joseph Jacobs,"Mr. Fox" 185
Thomas Frederick Crane,"How the Devil Married Three Sisters" 187
Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, "The Hen Is Tripping in the Mountain" 190
Gaston Maugard,"The White Dove" 194
Richard Chase,"Mr.Fox" 198
Guy Wetmore Carryl, "How the Helpmate of Blue-Beard Made Free with a Door" 202
Rose Terry Cooke,"Blue-Beard’s Closet," 1861 205
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Untitled Bluebeard Sonnet 207

Notes 209
Bibliography 225
Primary Literature 225
Secondary Literature 229
Films 239
Index 241

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