Synopses & Reviews
Most of the fairy tales that we grew up with we know thanks to the Brothers Grimm. Jack Zipes, one of the more astute critics of fairy tales, explores the romantic myth of the brothers as wandering scholars, who gathered "authentic" tales from the peasantry. Bringing to bear his own critical expertise as well and new biographical information, Zipes examines the interaction between the Grimms' lives and their work. He reveals the Grimms' personal struggle to overcome social prejudice and poverty, as well as their political efforts--as scholars and civil servants--toward unifying the German states. By deftly interweaving the social, political, and personal elements of the lives of the Brothers Grimm, Zipes rescues them from sentimental obscurity. No longer figures in a fairy tale, the Brothers Grimm emerge as powerful creators, real men who established the fairy tale as one of our great literary institutions. Part biography, part critical assessment, and part social history, The Brothers Grimm
provides a complex and very real story about fairy tales and the modern world.
Most of the fairy tales that we grew up with we know thanks to the Brothers Grimm. This book guides us through the world of fairy tales and their criticism and looks at the romantic's mythology of the wandering brothers.
About the Author
is Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. His many books on fairy tales and folklore include Breaking the Magic Spell
, Fairy Tales and the Art of Subervsion
, and The Great Fairy Tale Tradition
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2002 Edition * Preface to the 1988 Edition * Once There Were Two Brothers Named Grimm: A Reintroduction * The Origins and Reception of the Tales * Exploring Historical Paths * From Odysseus to Tom Thumb and Other Cunning Heroes: Speculations about the Entrepreneurial Spirit * The German Obsession with Fairy Tales * Henri Pourrat and the Tradition of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm * Recent Psychological Approaches with Some Questions about the Abuse of Children * Semantic Shifts of Power in Folk and Fairy Tales: Cinderella and the Consequences * Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale: The Immortality of Sleeping Beauty and Storytelling * The Struggle for the Grimms Throne: The Legacy of the Grimms Tales in East and West Germany since 1945