Preserving the spell : Basile's The Tale of Tales and its afterlife in the fairy-tale tradition / Armando Maggi.

Maggi, Armando, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Fairy tales -- Western countries -- History and criticism.
Fairy tales -- Social aspects.
Basile, Giambattista, approximately 1575-1632 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Basile, Giambattista, approximately 1575-1632.
Fairy tales.
Western countries
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Dancing backward: an introduction
"Cupid and Psyche", The Tale of Tales, and the birth of Western fairy tale. A never ending and never told tale: Basile's undoing of "Cupid and Psyche" ; Orpheus, the King of the Birds, moves to Sicily with Cupid and Psyche: Laura Gonzenbach's "King Cardiddu" ; Melancholy is the best storyteller: Oil, water, and blood from Gonzenbach back to Basile
The Italian tales and German Romanticism: The Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Novalis. What we leave behind: fairies, letters, rose petals, and sprigs of myrtle ; The fairy, the myrtle, and the myrtle-maiden: from Basile to the Grimms and Brentano ; How to undo the Tale of Tales: Brentano and the end of fairy tales ; Where are the ogresses of yesteryear? The Neapolitan Cupids and Psyches in the hands of the Brothers Grimm ; Beauty, Zulima, and Aline: the marvel preceding and following the world according to Novalis
American postmodernism, memoirs, and a new beginning. "You will never awaken because the story you were in no longer exists": Coover, postmodernism, and the end of an era ; "Disney world has become a kind of reverse Lourdes": from Stanley Elkin back to Basile ; "A benign fairy tale out of the Brothers Grimm": memoirs and the magic of reality ; "Everything beautiful is gone": beasts of the Southern wild and a new beginning.
Includes index.
9780226242965 (cloth : alk. paper)
022624296X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226243016 (ebook)
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