Alfred Messerli


The European fairy tale handles the linguistic construction of space with extreme thriftiness, giving only those visual and acoustic indicators of space that are absolutely necessary for the comprehension of the story. Furthermore, the space in the fairy tale is by no means a homogeneous space, but one of places (points) and channels (lines) that are formed by the hero’s path. Space is simultaneously contractible and extendable. Its profile is formed by the plot and the narrative perspective from which the story is related.