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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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Orpheus, the King of the Birds, Moves to Sicily with Cupid and Psyche

Orpheus, the King of the Birds, Moves to Sicily with Cupid and Psyche

Laura Gonzenbach’s “King Cardiddu”

(p.68) Chapter Two Orpheus, the King of the Birds, Moves to Sicily with Cupid and Psyche
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

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 Psyche myth. The close reading of the Gonzenbach version shows important differences between seventeenth-century Naples, where Basile wrote his book, and nineteenth-century Sicily. The oral Sicilian tale is more coherent and more moral than Basile’s literary tale. The image of the woman is more conventional in the oral tale than in the literary one.

Keywords:   Laura Gonzenbach, Cupid and Psyche, Basile, sicilian fairy tales, rewriting, Orpheus

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