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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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What We Leave Behind

What We Leave Behind

Fairies, Letters, Rose Petals, and Sprigs of Myrtle

(p.111) Chapter Four What We Leave Behind
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

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 borrows from the Apollo and Daphne myth. The dialogue between the two mythic tales leads to a sequence of reversals in the figures of Cupid and Psyche.

Keywords:   Apollo and Daphne, Cupid and Psyche, Basile, Myrtle

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