Sophie Raynard


Marie-Jeanne Lhéritier’s dedications and frame-tale discussions show her carefully crafting moral fairy-tale texts as part of the Moderns’ cultural agenda. Despite the degree to which her thinking, and to a certain extent, that of Mme d’Aulnoy, overlapped with that of the Abbé de Villiers, he excoriated all fairy tales except those of Charles Perrault. Underlying all three authors’ arguments is a sense of fairy tales as literary texts rather than as cultural patrimony.