The Meanings of “Beauty & the Beast”

Jerry Griswold
The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast” 
Broadview Press (2004)

Using Beaumont’s classic story as a touchstone, this work shows how “Beauty and the Beast” takes on different meanings as it is analyzed by psychologists, illustrated in picture books, adapted to the screen, and rewritten by contemporary writers. The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast” provides expert commentary on the tale and on representative critical approaches and contemporary adaptations. This book also includes a variety of original source materials and twenty-three colour illustrations. The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast” is for any reader who wishes to explore this classic, endlessly rich fairy tale.

This book is available through the third parties via Amazon. It is also available in print, pdf, and ePub format via the publisher Broadview Press. Fans of fairy tales and folklore scholars have had nice things to say about the book, and it was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Society’s Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies.


Table of Contents:


  1. The Importance of “Beauty and the Beast”
  2. The Tale and its Author
  3. Among the Critics
  4. Sources
  5. Folk Tale Variations
  6. Illustrations
  7. Contemporary Versions
  8. Films

Selected Bibliography