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The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World

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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 ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 384 pages
Published December 6th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 1988)
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Oct 31, 2014 Nina rated it really liked it
Very good study of the historical context and reception of Grimm's fairy tales, especially for readers already familiar with the tales and the brothers' philological scholarship. The chapter on the tales in post-WWII Germany, both FRG and GDR, is very interesting and adds a nice insight into how we adopt fairy tales to various political worldviews. We need more studies like this one, and with the dearth of serious Grimm scholarship (as opposed to close reading/criticism of individual tales) in t ...more
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May 21, 2013 Charles Grimm rated it it was amazing
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I came across a few of Zipes' articles in the fall 12 semester when looking at fairy tale as utopian literature, and the more I read him the more I wanted to keep reading his work. My wife got this book for me for Christmas, and it was very interesting. Zipes looks at the biographical information we have available on the brothers Grimm to provide insight into their personal reasons for compiling and editing stories as part of a nation-building enterprise and then he goes into various interpretat ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Ken rated it liked it
This book examines the lives of the Grimm brothers, and how they came to collect their famous volumes of tales. The background does a lot to explain the context of the collection of these tales, how and why they were altered by the brothers, and the way these tales have been altered and interpreted ever since. It is interesting, and imperative, to understand how these tales, which have become myth, were truly created in the sense we know them in the 19th century by bourgeois champions of a unite ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
I've done a lot of reading on the Grimms' lately as I am working on a conference paper about their portrayal of men in fairy tales. This is geared to a more academic audience but I found it very interesting, with realitive easy reading, about the Brothers Grimms and how and why they recorded fairy tales that are beloved, or highly critized, worldwide. Some of Zipes' stuff is painful, difficult reading but this was not bad and even enjoyable :-)
Sep 02, 2007 Jessica rated it it was ok
It was fun to get historical background on the Grimm brothers and their stories. Only recommend if you want historical info on the brothers and on their literature. Definitely non-fiction and not that fast of a read. I liked it because I've been interested in hidden meanings in fairy tales and rhymes.
K. M.
Jan 10, 2008 K. M. rated it liked it
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Informative for someone like me who knows little about them. Unfortunately, they are collected essays that grow somewhat repetitive.
Apr 07, 2011 Flora rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the lives and the reach of the brothers who gathered and formed folk tales in their own images.
Kate Forsyth
A collection of academic essays on the Grimm Brothers by one of the world’s best known fairytale scholars.
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I love The Brothers Grimm so this should be interesting!
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Jack David Zipes is a retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. He has published and lectured extensively on the subject of fairy tales, their linguistic roots, and argued that they have a "socialization function". According to Zipes, fairy tales "serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales ...more
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“Inevitably they find their way into the forest. It is there that they lose and find themselves. It is there that they gain a sense of what is to be done. The forest is always large, immense, great and mysterious. No one ever gains power over the forest, but the forest posses the power to change lives and alter destinies.” 16 likes
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