Author(s): Catherine Orenstein
In 'Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked', Catherine Orenstein unravels the complex sexual politics, moral ambiguities and philosophical underpinnings of Red Riding Hood's epic journey to her grandmother's house. From the werewolf trials of France's old regime to twentieth-century feminists and gender-benders, Orenstein traces the many lives the tale has lived and explores how, from the nursery on, fairy tales shape and reflect our view of the world. "A lucid - and often entertaining - survey of the ways in which 'Little Red Riding Hood' has been rewritten and re-interpreted over the centuries." - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Beguilling...Orenstein cleverly excavates the meaning of specific versions of the tale while exploring its perennial themes of innocence, identity, sexuality and violence." - Melanie Thernstrom, The Wall Street Journal "Little Red Ridging Hood's tale always remains true to the context in which it is told, making her story a historical document that reflects fluctuating social attitudes, cultural phenomena, and historical particulars. We can learn much about ourselves by exploring the past of this seemingly familiar yet deceptively mercurial girl." - Philadelphia Inquirer "Imaginatively conceived, well researched, and nicely written." - Sherry Ortner, Author of The Fate of "Culture" "A literate, skilful, sexy reading of a folklore classic by an impressive young cultural critic who demonstrates a fresh, irreverent touch with feminist theory. Let us hope that Catherine Orenstein's laid-back, readable brilliance sets the tone for an emerging generation of feminist scholars." - Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth Catherine Orenstein, a freelance writer, has published on women, popular culture, human rights, Latin America, Haiti and folklore. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner Sunday Magazine and other publications. She lives in New York City.