This essay points to the connection between the fairy-tale tradition and the literary quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns in the late part of seventeenth-century France around the canonical figures of Charles Perrault, both conteur and the main advocate of the Moderns. His female counterparts, the conteuses Marie-Jeanne Lhéritier and Henriette-Julie de Murat in particular, also participated in that poetico-political debate, indirectly but convincingly, outside the French Academy, spreading this new notion of modernity in the salons and the mondain (worldly) gazettes. In this particular study, emphasis is on how their theory appears in their other productions of fiction and in their nonfiction surrounding the quarrel and their fairy-tale production.
Raynard, Sophie. "Ancients vs. Moderns: The Women’s Riposte." Marvels & Tales 33.1 (2019). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol33/iss1/8>.