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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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The Fairy, the Myrtle, and the Myrtle-Maiden

The Fairy, the Myrtle, and the Myrtle-Maiden

From Basile to the Grimms and Brentano

(p.124) Chapter Five The Fairy, the Myrtle, and the Myrtle-Maiden
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

This is a central chapter in my book. It examines how the Brothers Grimm and Clemens Brentano, three main figures of German Romanticism, interprets Basile’s The Tale of Tales and in particular the tale “The Myrtle.” For the Brothers Grimm Basile was the first collector of oral tales, whereas for Brentano he was the first writer of literary fairy tales. The chapter analyses first the Grimms’ and then Brentano’s retelling of this Italian tale. The Grimms’ version slightly modifies the tale to moralize it and present a more passive role of its female figure. The Brentano version introduces religious undertones and deeply transforms the overall meaning of the tale.

Keywords:   Basile, Brentano, Myrtle, Brothers Grimm, orality, moralization, romanticism, adaptation

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