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This Rapturous Form


Kate Bernheimer


In conjunction with the retrospective exhibit “Kiki Smith: Prints, Books, Things,” New York’s Museum of Modern Art hosted a panel on 24 February 2004 at the Gramercy Theatre dedicated to addressing the fairy-tale themes in Smith’s work. Originally presented as a talk at that event, this illustrated essay by editor and novelist Kate Bernheimer reflects on feminist writers who have been influenced by fairy tales and how their writing, and fairy tales, have influenced her own novels.