The Enchanted Boot: Italian Fairy Tales and Their Tellers (Hardcover)

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The Enchanted Boot: Italian Fairy Tales and Their Tellers (Hardcover)


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This comprehensive collection of Italian tales in English encourages a revisitation of the fairy-tale canon in light of some of the most fascinating material that has often been excluded from it. In the United States, we tend to associate fairy tales with children and are most familiar with the tales of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, and Disney. But the first literary fairy tales appeared in Renaissance Italy, and long before the Grimms there was already a rich and sophisticated tradition that included hundreds of tales, including many of those today considered classic. The authors featured in this volume have, over the centuries, explored and interrogated the intersections between elite and popular cultures and oral and literary narratives, just as they have investigated the ways in which fairy tales have been and continue to be rewritten as expressions of both collective identities and individual sensibilities. The fairy tale in its Italian incarnations provides a striking example of how this genre is a potent vehicle for expressing cultural aspirations and anxieties as well as for imagining different ways of narrating shared futures.

Nancy L. Canepa is associate professor of Italian at Dartmouth College. She is the editor of Teaching Fairy Tales (Wayne State University Press, 2019) and translator of Giambattista Basile's The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones (Wayne State University Press, 2007).
Product Details ISBN: 9780814349205
ISBN-10: 081434920X
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2022
Pages: 482
Language: English