Cinderella · Fairy Tale · NovElla

Perrault vs. The Grimms

Cinderella is a fairy tale retold throughout the ages. Certain elements can be traced to different versions. Two of the most influential are Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon, or The Little Glass Slipper” and “Aschenputtel” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Many of the traditional elements we associate with the Cinderella tale-type emerged from these two famous works.… Continue reading Perrault vs. The Grimms

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · Music · NovElla

Cinderella Musicals

We’ve already seen one musical version of Cinderella, as part of Into the Woods. I’m sure many of you are also familiar with the Disney animation; but don’t stop there. Richard Rodgers (1902–1979), composer, and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960), lyricist, collaborated on many great musicals – including Cinderella! This musical rendition was largely based on… Continue reading Cinderella Musicals

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Aschenputtel: A Grimm tale

In this post, we find Cinderella, or Aschenputtel, in German folklore! You can find all my posts related to Cinderella at Introducing Cinderella. Jacob (1785 – 1863) and Wilhelm (1786 – 1859) Grimm, sometimes known as The Brothers Grimm, compiled their collection of fairy tales for an initial publication in 1812. Although more than a… Continue reading Aschenputtel: A Grimm tale

Austen · Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Did Jane Austen write a story about Cinderella? Well, not exactly; but I love connecting two of my favorite topics together! Arguably, all of Austen’s most popular works have at least one Cinderella element in them: every heroine marries a man of greater wealth. Although not always her social superior, the male lead is often… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Cinderella · NovElla

Into the Music

Be careful what you wish for… As far as fairytale mashups go, you can’t get a more thorough entanglement than Into the Woods. The recent Disney movie brought Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack of beanstalk fame, and Rapunzel to the big screen, along with a baker whose story ties the other tales together. I watched… Continue reading Into the Music