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Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms
Contributors explore alternative readings and queer possibilities of the Grimm brothers Kinder- und Hausmrchen (KHM, Childrens and Household Tales).
Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by Wayne State University Press
(first published January 1st 2012)
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This is, indirectly, a good primer on queer theory and a generally admirable set of critiques on aspects of classic fairy tales that do not follow gender norms. The authors have taken pains to consult and cite a good variety of current scholarship, both on queer theory and the Grimms' work. I do have some reservations, though. The editors do not take pains to explain some of the technical nomenclature used here, and this might be frustrating to readers not trained in folkloristics. (For example, ...more