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Monday, November 11, 2013

Beauty Sleeping in a Dark Forest

Andrea Armati, Michela Pazzaglia, after Pierre Saintyves (Émile Nourry), La Bella Addormentata e le sue sorelle, Perugia, IT: Eleusi Edizioni, 2013, with 53 pictures, pages 132, euros 10; website

An intriguing study on the - literally - fairy tales of the Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Red Riding Hood as modern reworkings of ancient seasonal cults. It also provides materials useful to set in a wider horizon some episodes in the works of Dante (e.g. the dark forest, Beatrice's chariot), Ariosto, Tasso, up to contemporary fantasy writers like CS Lewis.