Tour dei
                    compiti impossibili If life is a task, it surely is an impossible task. Youths who take it get in the way for a long and difficult journey that requires all their efforts. Furthermore, if it is an impossible task, like a peak too hard and risky to climb, how they can perform it?
This tourís fairy tales tell that when the female or male main actants get in the way to perform an impossible task, they invariably cross terrible tests and invariably reach their goal,
We are going to visit four realms, to meet commoners, princes, princesses and animals. All of them have to deal with their impossible peaks to climb, each of them in his own way.

                    della crescita ostacolata The adolescent daughter normally feels herself impeded by her mother, who she now perceives as unfair, while in childhood she had been the object of her unbounded admiration. The feeling of imprisonment comes from her rush to grow up, to impose itself upon the mother and get for herself the benefits enjoyed by the Queen of the House.
This tour will lead us to visit two very famous fairy-tale actants, Cinderella and Parsley. Let us go to follow them segregated in the fireplace and into the tower, representations of their feeling to be hampered. We will see how from this lonely condition they can find a way to exit and find their way to grow, to find their princely happy ending.

                    della crescita ostacolata In this Tour of the Excessive Desires, we are going to see fairy tales tied by the injunction of The Labyrinth of the Impossible Commitment. They may be very similar to other stories tied by the injunction of The Peak of the Impossible Task, but they are distinguished for their initial motif, which starts the young actantís succession off. The main actants here voluntarily assume the task of finding a new equilibrium, to remedy an initial imbalance, which would stop the generationsí movement. They face an insurmountable obstacle, too big at first sight, and this gives rise to them as autonomous subjects, because the actants can here find a new form of balance accepting to inherit a lack. This leads to the happy ending, never failing in their complex stories, particularly rich in symbols. (Ed)

Tour di
                    un'educazione pericolosa

The injunction of the Fork of the Possible Task includes four stories. Their main actants are not asked for anything impossible, just to go and see their grandmother or to bring grist to the mill. It may also be the case that they roam around the world without any precise task, or that eventually a magic being appears offering to grant them three wishes. In the first three cases the main actants die, in the fourth one they return to the starting point. Fairy tales usually begin with a mortal risk or an impossible task. The protagonists defeat their antagonists and overcome any obstacle through their perseverance and some magic. But the ethics of fairy tales often look absurd: not having fatal enemies or insurmountable tasks leads here to death or to a stalemate. Continuing through this Tour of a Dangerous Upbringing, we can understand that this fairy truth - paradoxical and unacceptable to common sense - has a lot to do with everyday life.

Tour dei
                    genitori fatali
The Italian word fata comes from the Latin fatum (fate, destiny), and it reminds us of the ambivalence of the ancient goddesses of fate, Moirai, Parchae or Norns. The same ambivalence characterizes fairies (fate) as well, but positivist pedagogists zealously tried to repress it together with ambivalence of children Ė and parents. They thought that goodness, kindness and generosity could come from repressing our destructive impulses. Also the word fatal comes from fatum, and it characterizes an encounter or a living being that overwhelms us, something that we revile and celebrate, desire and fear. Our killer parents, who are really ruthless, fail to eliminate even one of the protagonists of this tour, but instead end up suffering the very pain they sought to inflict. The parents are fatal because we do not choose them and we cannot change them, like destiny. We should however go beyond the surface, and understand that these parents gave life to their children before trying to kill them, just like the Moirai spin the thread of human life before cutting it. In fairy tales the killer parents always fail to devour their children or grandchildren, because Time, as fatal as the Moirai, does not play on their side.

Tour dei
                    giovani derelitti

There is a feeling that we all know: we get it sometimes for just a few hours, and sometimes for longer periods. At these times, nothing we ever did seems fruitful, and our resources seem useless for the future. No-one ever really loved us, and our own love, if we ever loved something or someone, never actually gave anybody anything. We feel not merely alone, but forsaken. We do not know how to move, we cannot see any direction. In Fabulando the name of this state is Marsh of Dereliction. It tells of youths who lack any resource and support. They risk dying of starvation, and yet they always find a way out, all the way up to their happy ending. What helps them to get out of this marsh? In all these fairy tales there is a little magic, the power of which does not exist except for those who love and take care of any little thing which seems useless, such as a doll, a cat or a goose. (Ed.)

Tour of the rejected Youth

The youths of this Tour do not fit for their parentís wishes. We are going to visit a mother who can't bear her children because they are too beautiful, and a mother who a mother who casts out by dint of beating her wastrel son. We will also read of a son who take to his heels when his father, exasperated by this sonís spending spree, would kill him beaten. Another son must leave his father because he does not want to learn anything else than knowing the thrill of fear.
While in the Tour of the dangerous upbringing we met parents who ignore or remove the limit of their function, in this tour we find a breaking of the upbringing itself. We are going to see stories of parents who cast or delegitimize their children, and of children who have to leave alone. They go faraway along unknown roads, and the cut that separates them from their native house turns into a chance to find their place in the world, where their parents are eventually absent. These fairy tales do not tell of realistic separations, but of the experience of every upbringingís limit. They tell of the dramatic vital moment in which a parent or a master stop trying to give their child or pupil what they have not. Conversely, a child or a pupil stops demanding them what is elsewhere.

Tour of the Misfortune

The Tour of the Misfortune leads us into kingdoms where a innocent youths are harshly scarred from a bad fate. We will find a girl whose Fate destroys everything around her, and another one who falls into a deadly sleep, and no one knows whether she can it be awakened. We are then going to see a young man turned into an animal by a curse hurled at his mother before his birth.
The main actants of these fairy tales are forced to face a misfortune that can make them lose their family, their human shape, or their life itself.
How can they not succumb?

Tour of
                    the first love that you never forget The little girl loves her father with all her being, and his love makes her feel like his ideal lover. If she grows up thanks to the illusion of occupying her motherís place - the main actant of these tales is invariably motherless - the daughter cannot leave her father, because together with him she feels like the most charming creature in the world. So, being in love with her ideal lover, she remains in the gilded cage of her fatherís castle. How can the girl get out of this total love? Fairy tales don't provide recipes but an invitation to travel, and we are leaving to visit eight stories in three different realms. The female main actants move from an incestuous dependency to the encounter with a stranger. To do it they suffer through tragic events, flee covered by animal filth, or accept the company of monsters and beasts. (Ed.)

Tour dello splendido isolamento

The main actants of this tour live isolated like Narcissus, having  no relationships with the world. They don't want to get married, and are happy with the life they lead.
Their difficult adventures, very long and complex, or even gory, begin when they feel a sudden violent desire for an ideal husband or wife.
Let us therefore set out with courage and discover the stories belonging to this tour. There are five stories in this tour. The path of their female and male actants is very hard, and includes some terrible moments. Let's go with them and follow the unfolding of their stories up until the longed-for happy ending. Our five main actants, each in her/his own way, will all be able to attain it.


© Claudia Chellini & Adalinda Gasparini - Firenze 2015-2021

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