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Preserving the SpellBasile's "The Tale of Tales" and Its Afterlife in the Fairy-Tale Tradition$
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Armando Maggi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226242965

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.001.0001

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Dancing Backward

Dancing Backward

An Introduction

(p.1) Dancing Backward
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter stresses that folk and fairy tales are meant to change and are ‘marvellous’ in so far as they are ‘unconnected,’ as the Romantic poet Novalis holds in his philosophical fragments. This chapter also discusses our contemporary view of classical fairy tales as something immutable, as Hollywood along with the Brothers Grimm have taught us to think. This chapter explains that, like our food, our modern retellings of fairy tales are ‘processed,’ that is, predictable and deprived of vitality. Predictability is a cornerstone of Capitalistic society and fairy tales do not escape this pitfall. This chapter then offers an analysis of the most popular critical approaches to fairy tales and ends with a summary of the single chapters of the book.

Keywords:   transformation, consumerism, parody, predictability, unconnected storytelling

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