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p. 1128. Double vision

the dream of reasonlocked

  • Marina Warner


The tradition of fairy tale has lent itself, in the name and interest of rationality, to some of the most acute intellectual creations. Writers have wrapped themselves in fairytale themes and motifs in order to communicate political and philosophical thinking, sometimes in conditions of censorship, sometimes in the interests of amusing their audience and so persuading them more effectively. ‘Double vision: the dream of reason’ explains how magical realist fiction, whether believing or doubting, dips into the streams of fairy story for its material and authors such as Swift, Voltaire, and Kafka have also found inspiration for their fantastic fiction in fairytale conventions.

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