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The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World
by Jack Zipes
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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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
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
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 :-)
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.
Jack David Zipes is an American retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota, who has published and lectured 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 r...moreMore about Jack Zipes...
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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.”More quotes…