The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales By Maria Tatar is Kindle Maria Tatar is the John L Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures She chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University She is the author of Enchanted Hunters The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.. 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 ThroMurder, 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.. A viral Kindle The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales is a pretty good discussion of, not the origins of the tales in the Grimms' collection, but in how the Grimms treated them and why. It looks at some of the publication history and the issues surrounding different editions, the changes in audience, and it deals with some pretty common interpretations of some of the tales (e.g. why Bluebeard is considered a cautionary tale about the evils of curiosity instead of, you know, the evils of killing your wives and butchering their dead bodies and then marrying again) and how they came about.I guess it's probably a bit dry if you're not particularly interested in the topic, but I found it perfectly readable. It does help that I recently reread selections from the Grimms' work, and looked at some of them in my SF/F class -- I notice myself falling into some of the traps of thinking about these stories which Tatar discusses and evades -- so that the whole topic is fresh in my mind and relevant to what I'm thinking about lately.If you're looking for salacious details of the "real" Bluebeard, or the real Hansel and Gretel, seek elsewhere. Tatar doesn't really go in for that kind of interpretation of fairytale/folklore origins.

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  1. Maria Tatar is the John L Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures She chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University She is the author of Enchanted Hunters The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  1. The Hard Facts of the Grimms Fairy Tales is a pretty good discussion of, not the origins of the tales in the Grimms collection, but in how the Grimms treated them and why It looks at some of the publication history and the issues surrounding different editions, the changes in audience, and it deals with some pretty common interpretations of some of the tales e.g why Bluebeard is considered a cautionary tale about the evils of curiosity instead of, you know, the evils of killing your wives and bu [...]


  2. I can t say I read this from start to finish I read this as a companion book while reading The Complete Grimm s Fairy Tales and honestly it made all the difference I didn t particularly care for the Tales, they seemed rather abrupt, strange and often left me with a slightly bad feeling, but this book made up for all of that.The most interesting part of the Grimm s Tales is the history of the lore and how the stories have changed over time I learned through this book that the commonly read and tr [...]


  3. Hard Facts of Grimms Fairy Tales 0 691 11469 2Like many of us, I am deeply interested in fairy tales and I eagerly anticipated this book, looking forward to an engaging, informative handling of the content and textual analysis of the Grimms tales, with a focus on the un child friendly elements so common in the stories, due to their original intent to entertain mature audiences Unfortunately, I was profoundly disappointed in this book Clarity and organization are severely lacking and the whole bo [...]


  4. Skipped around a lot through this book because it was just waaaayyyy too much useless information She spent time telling the fairy tales than actually talking about the history behind them at least, that s how it felt to me.



  5. This book is really interesting I have learned a lot about fairy tales or folk tales or folktales If you like fairy and folk, this is the book for you.



  6. an interesting look at the history of the editorial changes made by the Grimm Brothers, especially in terms of sex and violence towards women and in gender roles


  7. Maria Tatar did a wonderful job of explaining the history of the Grimms Fairy Tales in this book The first section on the sexualization and desexualization of the stories we now associate with young children was a totally new concept for me I never would have thought to look at Jacob Grimm Wilhelm Grimm s educational background to deduce how they would have come up with their stories, nor would I have thought to question the long believed notion that the Grimms got their stories from folk resour [...]


  8. I very much enjoyed the excerpts from the original Grimms that were appended at the end I skipped over a great deal of the intermediary analysis What I really loved about this book was the way it redeemed stories that have been treated as the birth of children s literature and pointed out that these were originally part of a community storytelling tradition that included adults and children both I loved that glimpse into a very eloquent if gorey oral tradition I m afraid I ve really absorbed the [...]


  9. The scholar who did the annotations for The Annotated Brothers Grimm here does a general overview of the brothers collection of stories, noting how it developed and what changes they made to it While it was first billed as a collection of folklore for fellow academics, it became popular with children, so the Grimms altered the tales accordingly Interestingly, while they tended to edit out references to sex, they increased the violence in many cases They also often changed evil mothers into stepm [...]


  10. My youngest is obsessed with fairy tales right now and after many evenings of glossing over some of Grimms finest for appropriate bedtime reading, I started wondering about the history of these stories This book didn t go as deep as I wanted into how and where these stories actually originated that probably is an impossible task But it is an interesting look at how the Grimms modified these tales for their collection Rapunzel pregnant and analyzes the messages behind some of these tales.


  11. A great look at the importance of fairy tales and their nature This book looks in depth at the violence and didactic means of communicating with child Specifically looking at Grimm s fairy tales, Maria Tatar explains how and what the Brothers Grimm did to local stories and how they compare to their French and Italian predecessors It also looks at patterns in fairy tales such as hero and villain characteristics This is an excellent resource when researching fairy tales.


  12. Wonderful and fascinating exploration of fairytales Sets up the historical development of the Grimm s collection and examines the prolific themes of heroes, heroines, ogres, and beasts Excited to see Maria Tatar speak this summer


  13. This book looked at the beginnings of Grimm s fairy tails and their prominent themes and motifs It also addresses other folk tales and fairy tales From the beginning to the end, I found this book engaging and thought provoking If you are a fan of fairy tales, this is a great read.


  14. Very interesting exploration of the themes of violence, sexuality, obedience and victimization in the Grimms tales She also discusses the evolution of the tales from first edition to the last, and how the editorial process of the Grimms affected each edition.


  15. Good scholarly examination of the Grimm tales where they came from, why how they were changed, what themes and characters to look for I m doing some short stories with some Grimm characters in them, so this was is good research Library book ordered my own copy today.


  16. A look at the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tales in their uncensored form tracing their transformation from adult reading material to the watered down tales that many of us first heard as children.


  17. This is a great book for any one interested in the psychology of fairy tales Putting aside the subject matter, this book was just absurdly well written Maria Tatar, evil genius.



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