The Tale of Tales (Lo cunto de li cunti) is the first collection of fairy tales of the Western world (Naples, 1634–36). For all fairy tale fans, Basile’s book, made of fifty stories, is a fundamental point of reference, although these Italian tales couldn’t be more different from what we usually mean by “fairy tale.”
Christa C. Jones is associate professor of French and associate department head in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies at Utah State University. Her research has appeared in CELAAN Review, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Dalhousie French Studies, Expressions maghrébines, Francofonia, French Review, Jeunesse, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the author of Cave Culture in Maghrebi Literature: Imagining Self and Nation (2012) and the coeditor of Women from the Maghreb, Dalhousie French Studies (volume 103, Fall 2014).