British children’s literature during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries tended toward didacticism, as well as moral and religious instruction. In contrast with its popularity in France and Germany, the exclusion of the fantastic from children’s literature meant that the fairy tale as a genre for children did not acquire middle-class respectability in Britain until the Victorian period (Zipes 2007). While translations of tales that would become fixtures of childhood reading by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Andersen appeared in numerous editions that were frequently republished through the century, British women writers also began to embrace the fairy tale form. The particular appeal of the genre for women writers was unsurprising for two reasons: first, because of women’s initiatory role in the telling of oral folktales and, second, because the fairy tale vogue within the literary salons of King Louis XIV’s court during the late eighteenth...
KeywordsChildren’s literature Fantasy Folk tales Children’s magazines
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