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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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“You Will Never Awaken Because the Story You Were In No Longer Exists”

“You Will Never Awaken Because the Story You Were In No Longer Exists”

Coover, Postmodernism, and the End of An Era

(p.213) Chapter Nine “You Will Never Awaken Because the Story You Were In No Longer Exists”
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the post-modern interpretation of fairy tales with a special focus on Robert Coover’s numerous books on this subject. In Coover’s works, Sleeping Beauty is the most recurrent fairy tale. Along with a detailed analysis of several of Coover’s novels and short stories (Gerald’s Party, Pinocchio in Venice, etc.), this chapter studies the phenomenon of postmodernism, and touches upon the works of authors such as John Barth, Umberto Eco, and Italo Calvino. This chapter emphasizes the importance of parody in contemporary rewritings of classical fairy tales.

Keywords:   Robert Coover, Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Sleeping Beauty, postmodernism, John Barth, parody

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