This article demonstrates the importance of Angela Carter’s translations of Charles Perrault’s contes into English and argues for their profound influence on her subsequent literary career. Against feminist critics who rejected fairy tales as conservative and informed by patriarchal structures and values, Carter reclaimed Perrault for feminism by recovering the critical edge and emancipating potential of his Histoires ou contes du temps passé, Avec des Moralités. This essay shows, through a comparative reading of “La Belle au bois dormant” and “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood,” that Carter opposed the worldly “politics of experience” that she found in Perrault to the Disneyfied imagery of the Sleeping Beauty myth and modernized the critique of early marriages already contained in Perrault’s Moralités. The subversive power of Carter’s work, therefore, is not directed against Perrault but rather toward cultural and commercial appropriations of the fairy tale, which promote a naïve view of marriage.
Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, Martine. "“But marriage itself is no party”: Angela Carter’s Translation of Charles Perrault’s “La Belle au bois dormant”; or, Pitting the Politics of Experience against the Sleeping Beauty Myth." Marvels & Tales 24.1 (2010). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol24/iss1/8>.