Fairy godfather : Straparola, Venice, and the fairy tale tradition / Ruth B. Bottigheimer.

By: Bottigheimer, Ruth BMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2002Description: 1 online resource (156 pages :) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780812201390 (electronic bk.); 0812201396 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Straparola, Giovanni Francesco, approximately 1480-1557? Piacevoli notti | Straparola, Giovanni Francesco, approximately 1480-1557? -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Venice | Fairy tales in literature | Magic in literature | Fairy tales -- Italy -- History and criticism | Venice (Italy) -- Intellectual life -- 16th centuryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Fairy godfather.DDC classification: 853/.409 LOC classification: PQ4634.S7 | P523 2002Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-150) and index.

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Bottigheimer (SUNY, Stony Brook) analyzes the tales contained in Giovanni Francesco Straparola's Le piacevoli notti in conjunction with Venetian culture of the early modern period. She highlights the tales' contribution to the creation of the "rise tale," which went on to become one of the most important types of fairy tales. The author argues convincingly that although his role as an originator of the "rags to riches" genre has been recognized only very rarely, Straparola in fact invented this type of tale. Because so little is known about the writer's life, Bottigheimer seeks to create a "possible biography" for him, based on elements in his tales and on Venetian social history of the 16th century. The result is a fascinating study that provides a vivid portrait of early modern society in and around Venice, as well as the first in-depth study of Straparola himself. Unlike fairy tale scholars emphasizing oral folk sources, Bottigheimer boldly asserts the important role played by one writer who moved from the provinces to the city of Venice, seeking to make his fortune by inventing entertaining tales. The book is well researched, gracefully written, and beautifully printed. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Students and scholars at the upper-division undergraduate level and above; general readers. R. West University of Chicago

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Ruth B. Bottigheimer teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is the author also of Fairy Tales and Society: Illusion, Allusion, and Paradigm.

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