Book , Print in English

Magic tales and fairy tale magic : from Ancient Egypt to the Italian Renaissance

Ruth B. Bottigheimer, Research Professor, Stony Brook University, USA.
  • Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • vii, 208 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • "This book details magic's generally maleficent effect on human beings from ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages, including tales from classical mythology, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures. Bottigheimer shows that certain magical motifs lived on from age to age, but that it took until the Italian Renaissance for magic tales to become fairy tales. Scores of forgotten or little known tales are re-told, allowing readers to form their own conclusions along with the author's analyses. "--
  • note: 1. Tales, Magic, and Fairy Tales
  • 2. Egyptian, Greek, and Roman Magic Tales
  • 3. Jewish Magic Tales
  • 4. Magic Tales in Medieval Christian Europe
  • 5. Magic Tales in the Muslim Middle Ages
  • 6. Magic at Court and on the Piazza
  • 7. Problematics of Magic on the Threshold of Fairy Tale Magic: Straparola's Early Modern Pleasant Nights
  • 8. Evolution of Fairy Tale Magic from Straparola to Basile and Perrault
  • 9. Afterword.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-198) and index.
  • 9781137380876 (hardback)
  • 113738087X (hardback)
Identifying numbers
  • 40023934420
  • LCCN: 2014019519
  • OCLC: 872408587
  • OCLC: 872408587