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Author(s): Vaz da Silva, F.
Date: 2007
Title: Red as blood, white as snow, black as crow: chromatic symbolism of womanhood in fairy tales
Volume: 21
Number: 2
Pages: 240 - 252
ISSN: 1521-4281
Keywords: Fairy tales
White people
Animal tales
Plant spines
Abstract: Since Brent Berlin and Paul Kay's classic study on Basic Color Terms, the universal chromatic trio of white, red, and black became a matter of scholarly interest. This article examines uses of this chromatic trio to depict ideal womanhood in European fairy tales. Chrétien de Troyes wrote that the sight of three drops of blood on snow reminds Perceval of his sweetheart; seven centuries later, the Grimms presented a queen wishing for a tricolor daughter after looking at three drops of blood on the snow. This image is tenacious in the fairy-tale realm, and the time seems ripe for addressing it.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
Appears in Collections:DA-RI - Artigos em revista internacional com arbitragem científica

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