The Wondrous (Baroque) Gender Revolution, or the Rise and Fall of the Empire of Fairies [chapter]

Luis Gómez Romero, Daniela Carpi, Marett Leiboff
2016 Fables of the Law  
The wondrous (Baroque) gender revolution, or the rise and fall of the empire of fairies' in M. Leiboff & D. Carpi(eds), Fables of the Law: Fairy Tales in a Legal Context (2016) 49-81. The wondrous (Baroque) gender revolution, or the rise and fall of the empire of fairies Abstract The essay which follows is mainly concerned with how the history of ideas on norms, justice and power is shaped by the stories we tell and how we tell them. It specifically addresses the normative codes introduced into
more » ... des introduced into Western imaginaries by the raise of the literary fairy tale in France during the late seventeenth century. In both their oral and literary varieties, wonder fairy tales (Zaubermärchen or contes merveilleux) have constantly charted and undermined the contours of our cultural and political realities by escaping or retreating from them.³ The merveilleux genre allowed the first writers of fairy tales to act ideologically by embedding their own views on social conditions and conflicts into their narratives, while they interacted at the same time with each other and with past writers and storytellers in the public sphere.⁴ The question of the history and meaning of the first literary fairytales hence reflects the paradoxical cultural and political realities of the Baroque, which is the cultural and historical context in which they were created. In other words, the baroque aesthetic strategies deployed in the first literary fairy tales mirror specific political and juridical tensions which, I will argue, continue to relate to our understanding of the world today. The Wondrous (Baroque) Gender Revolution, or the Rise and Fall of the Empireo fF airies "[...]hat die Menschheit einmal ihrenErzähler verloren so hat sie auch ihreK indschaft verloren."¹ Peter Handke/RichardR eitinger/WimW enders: Der Himmel über Berlin Introduction: The ambivalent pleasures of baroque ² imagination The essayw hich follows is mainlyc oncernedw ith how the history of ideas on norms, justicea nd power is shaped by the stories we tell and how we tell them. It specificallya ddresses the normative codes introduced into Western imaginaries by the raise of the literary fairy tale in France duringthe late seventeenth century.I nb otht heir oral and literaryv arieties,wonder fairy tales (Zaubermärchen or contes merveilleux)h avec onstantlyc harted and undermined the contours of our culturala nd political realities by escaping or retreating from them.³ The merveilleux genre allowed the first writers of fairy tales to act ideologicallybyembedding their own views on social conditions and conflicts into their narratives, while they interacted at the same time with each other and with past writers and storytellers in the public sphere.⁴ The question of the history and meaning of the first literaryf airy tales hencer eflects the paradoxical cultural and political realitiesofthe Baroque, which is the culturaland historical context in which they werec reated. In other words, the baroque aesthetic strategies deployed in the first literaryf airy tales mirror specific political and juridical ten- "[...]o nceh umanity has lost its storyteller,i th as also lost its childhood'sb onds ." Unless otherwise indicated, all translations arem yo wn.  Iw ill capitalize the term "Baroque" whenever Iu se it as an oun, and Iw ill writei ti nl ower case letters when used adjectivally.
doi:10.1515/9783110496680-004 fatcat:5ouxpk2mgbf3bb7nqkvo5vc3cm