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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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“A Benign Fairy Tale out of the Brothers Grimm”

“A Benign Fairy Tale out of the Brothers Grimm”

Memoirs and the Magic of Reality

(p.257) Chapter Eleven “A Benign Fairy Tale out of the Brothers Grimm”
Preserving the Spell

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter shows how contemporary memoirs primarily written in the United States heavily borrows from the genre of fairy tales. The narrative structure of many memoirs reproduces the format of a fairy tale by following a three-step structure: problem, trial, solution. This chapter first focuses on Joan Didion’s memoir The Year of Magical Thinking, in its two versions (memoir and solo play). It later examines a series of other memoirs to enlighten other aspects of the relationship between memoirs and classical fairy tales.

Keywords:   memoirs, Joan Didion, fairy tales, Joyce Carol Oates, Mira BartÓk

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