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Dialogue on Fairy Tales


In 1885 Anatole France included his “Dialogue sur les contes de fées” in his semiautobiographical book, Le livre de mon ami (My Friend’s Book). At the same time that France pokes fun at scientific approaches to the fairy tale, the “Dialogue” also provides an impressive overview of nineteenth-century theories and debates about the origins of the genre. It furnishes us with a rich inventory of the international scholarship, including the principal critics and compilers, that were common currency within French intellectual circles of the period.