Vol. 14 No. 1 (2021): Aesthetics in Times of Contagion

Pandemic and the Fairy Tale Narrative

Dario Cecchi
Università di Roma Sapienza

Published 2021-07-20


  • ecology,
  • literature,
  • entertainment,
  • cultural industry,
  • esoterism

How to Cite

Cecchi, D. (2021). Pandemic and the Fairy Tale Narrative. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 14(1), 37–43. https://doi.org/10.36253/Aisthesis-12499


The article considers how the narrative of the pandemic has been developed, especially with regard to literature. The case study analyzed is the Italian novel L’assemblea degli animali, written by an anonymous author, whose penname is Filelfo. The article shows that the wide range of classical, literary and artistic references recognizable inside the text corresponds to a precise attitude of the ecologist culture, which is in search for traditional and elevated models to assert their ethical and political objective. The novel brings this directory to the point that it evokes an esoteric dimension of ecology. The article states that this stance is not serious, but ends into a literary game and feeds the needs for entertainment by the cultural industry, rather than giving any real contribution to the ecological question.


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