The Pleasant Nights

Title

The Pleasant Nights

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Description

In Giovan Francesco Straparola’s The Pleasant Nights, a group of men and women gather together in a villa on the Venetian island of Murano during Carnival to sing songs, tell tales, and solve riddles. A sixteenth-century bestseller, The Pleasant Nights is today a fundamental text for European folk and fairy tale studies, for alongside triumphal and tragic love stories, comical tales of practical jokes, and accounts of witty retorts, Straparola (1480? – 1557?) placed some of the first fairy tales printed in Europe. Straparola’s eloquent female narrators and the fairy tales they recount became a model for a generation of French women writers in Parisian salons, who used the fairy tale to interrogate the gender norms of their day. This book presents the first new and complete English translation of Straparola’s tales and riddles to be published since the nineteenth century. (Amazon.com)

ISBN

9780866985369

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Document Type

Book

Publisher

Iter Academic Press

City

Toronto

Department

Linguistics

Keywords

Tales -- Italy; Fairy tales.

Comments

Series:

The other voice in early modern Europe. The Toronto series ; 40 Medieval and Renaissance texts and studies ; volume 481 Other voice in early modern Europe. Toronto series ; 40 Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies (Series) ; v. 481