Allison Stedman


Although tales from the first vogue of French fairy-tale publication (1690–1715) are generally studied as independent narratives, the majority of these stories were originally published in an interpolated manner—inserted into novels, letters, memoirs, and travel relations. This paper explores the motivations behind the popular late seventeenth- century trend of fairy-tale interpolation by examining how the movement’s founder—Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, comtesse d’Aulnoy—may have inspired her salon contemporaries to receive, interpret, and eventually reproduce the fairy tale as the latest mondain generic innovation.