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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

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

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226243016.003.0011

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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