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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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Melancholy is the Best Storyteller

Melancholy is the Best Storyteller

Oil, Water, and Blood from Gonzenbach back to Basile

(p.87) Chapter Three Melancholy is the Best Storyteller
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

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 patchwork leads us to investigate the meaning of beginnings and endings in tales of magic. The chapter identifies in melancholy the core of this form of storytelling based on a sequence of beginnings and endings.

Keywords:   Melancholy, Laura Gonzenbach, Basile, beginnings and endings

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