Tatterhood: Feminist Folktales from Around the World (Hardcover)

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In Tatterhood, Phelps has collected a wide range of diverse, feminist folktales. From Japan to Africa, we have tales of women outwitting demons, slaying giant beasts, and rescuing princesses. These are the tales our children should be reading—there are no damsels in distress waiting for their princes to come. The heroines of Tatterhood are brave, clever, and independent; they can fight monsters, change fate, and, yes, in some cases, fall in love. Carefully curated with an eye towards female empowerment, these stories promote respect and equality while also being laugh out loud entertaining. -Emma

— From Winter Gazette 2016


From Japan to Norway, Scotland to Sudan, Tatterhood brings readers twelve folk tales--and twelve women whose cunning, hard work, and physical strength are celebrated in each story. A family of three women teaches a burly man how to wrestle, a girl battles a fearsome bear, and a young mother rescues her village from an elephant's stomach.

About the Author

Ethel Johnston Phelps (1914-1984) held a master's degree in Medieval Literature, co-edited a Ricardian journal, and published several articles on fifteenth-century subjects. She compiled two anthologies of feminist folk tales from around the world, Tatterhood and The Maid of the North.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781558619296
ISBN-10: 1558619291
Publisher: Feminist Press
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Pages: 120
Language: English
Series: Feminist Folktales