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The End of the Story?

  • Dag T. Andersson
Part of the Studies in Literature and Religion book series (SLR)

Abstract

Once upon a time stories were told, stories grown out of real experience with the world, stories which, like their relative the fairy tale were able to give advice. ‘The first true storyteller is, and will continue to be, the teller of fairy tales’, Walter Benjamin says. ‘Whenever good counsel was at a premium, the fairy tale had it, and where the need was greatest, its aid was nearest.’2

Keywords

Aesthetic Experience Fairy Tale Historical Action Historical World Good Counsel 
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Notes

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