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The willing suspension of belief in the French seventeenth century fairy tale

D. Godwin
Literator | Vol 13, No 2 | a733 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v13i2.733 | © 1992 D. Godwin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 1992 | Published: 06 May 1992

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D. Godwin, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

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All is rarely as it seems in French seventeenth century artistic activity. The spirit of préciosité, the art of exploiting, playfully, all the implications of a chosen topic, found a perfect vehicle in the fairy tale. The games played with the genre in that artistic climate focus on marvellous literature’s profoundest paradox: to believe, or to disbelieve.


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