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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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“Disney World has Become a Kind of Reverse Lourdes”

“Disney World has Become a Kind of Reverse Lourdes”

From Stanley Elkin back to Basile

(p.248) Chapter Ten “Disney World has Become a Kind of Reverse Lourdes”
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

This short chapter analyses Stanley Elkin’s postmodern novels, and in particular The Magic Kingdom, which describes the trip to Disney World organized for a group of terminally ill children. The harshly satirical tone of the novel represents a strong criticism of Disney’s appropriation of the magic of fairy tales. Elkin’s style is reminiscent of Basile’s harsh, vulgar, and disrespectful approach to fairy tales.

Keywords:   Stanley Elkin, Disney World, Basile, satire, postmodernism

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