The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales

Book - 2003 | Expanded 2nd ed. --
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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.

Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2003
Edition: Expanded 2nd ed. --
ISBN: 9780691114699
Characteristics: xxxvi, 325 p. : ill
Alternative Title: Grimms' fairy tales


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Jun 28, 2012

Very well written. Well researched, good examples, interesting insights on the evolution of these tales.
Read this for some background to the Fairy Tale Folk series of flash fictions I'm doing. Liked it so much I bought a copy.

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