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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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Beauty, Zulima, and Aline

Beauty, Zulima, and Aline

The Marvel Preceding and Following the World According to Novalis

(p.188) Chapter Eight Beauty, Zulima, and Aline
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter opens with an analysis of the German poet Novalis’s view of fairy tale. In his philosophical tract The Universal Brouillon Novalis holds that a fairy tale should be mysterious and ‘unconnected,’ that it should not strive to be complete in all its aspects. Novalis’s view is close to Basile’s. This chapter then studies three tales mentioned in Novalis’s reflections on fairy tales. For Novalis, Beauty and the Beast, a tale that derives from Cupid and Psyche, is the prototype of infinite stories. Novalis’s philosophy calls for a harmonization of opposites, which is the main theme of Beauty and the Beast.

Keywords:   Beauty and the Beast, The Universal Brouillon, Novalis, romanticism, Gabrielle de Villeneuve, Leprince de Beaumont

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