The hard facts of the Grimms' fairy tales
by Tatar, Maria, 1945-
|Format:||Print Book 1987|
|Availability:||Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies|
Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Nursery and Household Tales. This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar skillfully employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories. She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this worldwide best-selling book. Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly.
ContentsSex and violence : the hard core of fairy tales
Fact and fantasy : the art of reading fairy tales
Victims and seekers : the family romance of fairy tales
Born yesterday : the spear side
Spinning tales : the distaff side
From nags to witches : stepmothers and other ogres
Taming the beast : Bluebeard and other monsters
Appendixes. Selected tales from the first edition of the Nursery and household tales ; Prefaces to the first and second editions of the Nursery and household tales ; English titles, tale numbers, and German titles of stories cited.
Published ReviewsBooklist Review: "
Publisher's Weekly Review: "
-- Criticism and interpretation.
Grimm, Jacob, -- 1785-1863 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Kinder- und Hausmärchen.
Fairy tales -- Germany -- History and criticism.
|Publisher|| Princeton, N.J. :Princeton University Press,1987
xxiv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-266) and indexes.
|ISBN||9780691067223 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0691067228 (hardcover : alk. paper)