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Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Armando Maggi

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book emphasizes that folk and fairy tales are meant to undergo constant transformations to the point of becoming unrecognizable. My book questions the received idea that classical tales such as ... More


A Never Ending and Never Told Tale: Basile’s Undoing of “Cupid and Psyche”

Armando Maggi

in Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter introduces Basile’s seminal The Tale of Tales, the first collection of literary fairy tales of the Western tradition. In particular, this chapter studies how the seventeenth-century ... More


Orpheus, the King of the Birds, Moves to Sicily with Cupid and Psyche: Laura Gonzenbach’s “King Cardiddu”

Armando Maggi

in Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the nineteenth-century collection of Sicilian folk tales collected by Laura Gonzenbach. In particular, it focuses on a tale that echoes Basile’s two versions of the Cupid and ... More


Melancholy is the Best Storyteller: Oil, Water, and Blood from Gonzenbach back to Basile

Armando Maggi

in Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter with a tale from the Sicilian collection of fairy tales (“The Maiden with Seven Veils”) that is a rewriting of the first and the last tale of Basile’s The Tale of Tales. This original ... More


What We Leave Behind: Fairies, Letters, Rose Petals, and Sprigs of Myrtle

Armando Maggi

in Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines “The Myrtle,” one of the most famous tales from Basile’s collection. Although the myth of Cupid and Psyche is still the foundation of this tale, “The Myrtle” also heavily ... More


The Fairy, the Myrtle, and the Myrtle-Maiden: From Basile to the Grimms and Brentano

Armando Maggi

in Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This is a central chapter in my book. It examines how the Brothers Grimm and Clemens Brentano, three main figures of German Romanticism, interprets Basile’s The Tale of Tales and in particular the ... More


Where Are the Ogresses of Yesteryear? The Neapolitan Cupids and Psyches in the Hands of the Brothers Grimm

Armando Maggi

in Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter studies the Grimms’ summaries (also defined as adaptations) of Basile’s fifty tales in The Tale of Tales. In particular, this chapter focuses on the Grimms’ transformations of Basile’s ... More


“Disney World has Become a Kind of Reverse Lourdes”: From Stanley Elkin back to Basile

Armando Maggi

in Preserving the Spell: Basile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242965
eISBN:
9780226243016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This short chapter analyses Stanley Elkin’s postmodern novels, and in particular The Magic Kingdom, which describes the trip to Disney World organized for a group of terminally ill children. The ... More


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