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

Armando Maggi


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 Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are eternal as Perrault or the Brothers Grimm told them. Challenging the traditional division between ‘oral’ and ‘literary’ tale, this book interprets ‘oral’ and ‘written’ in a new way. ‘Oral’ is a form of storytelling that is obscure, incomplete, disrespectful, and immoral, whereas ‘literary’ is what is told in a coherent and moral manner. This view of ‘oral’ versus ... More

Keywords: Cupid and Psyche, fairy tales, Grimms, Basile, Brentano, Novalis, Coover, romanticism, post-modernism, adaptations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226242965
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Armando Maggi, author