Matteo Martelli

Reading the foolishness. Remarks on Giufà's Folktales

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Keywords: Mediterranean folktales, Foolishness, The comic genre.

The essay is an analysis of the Sicilian character Giufà, a sort of fool hero of Mediterranean folk tales. Particularly, it suggests different interpretations of Giufà's actions from his several comic aspects to his funny attributes. Moreover, the tales offer to the reader a transformation of values that shows Giufà's foolishness as a positive way to observe reality.

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