200 Jahre «Kinder- und Hausmärchen» der Brüder Grimm – Teil 1 und 2
Edited By Claudia Brinker-von der Heyde, Holger Ehrhardt and Hans-Heino Ewers
Grimm’s Hans My Hedgehog and Katarzyna Kotowska’s Jeż as Stories about ‘Taming’ Through Love: Dorota Michułka
Grimm’s Hans My Hedgehog and Katarzyna Kotowska’s Jeż as Stories about ‘Taming’ Through Love1
Despite the fact that ‘otherness’ in fairy-tale seems natural and acceptable, the Hans my Hedgehog story constantly instigates new interpretations. Particularly when it is juxtaposed to other stories that are structured in a similar manner: Grimm’s 19th-century fairy tale and Kotowska’s contemporary fairy tale-parable about an adopted boy belong to the group of stories with a child protagonist who is half-human and half-animal2. The protagonists of both stories are odd and lonely, but only Grimm’s one becomes rejected.
The concept of the Other, as a concept of rich socio-cultural, psychological and philosophical symbolism, ceaselessly calls for wider studies and interpretations3. The identity of the Other is often determined by his or her appearance, which may introduce a new type of aesthetics:
In its core one should locate a term coined by Freud: das Unheimliche. He emphasized the fact that a German word ‘uncanny’ (unheimlich) is an antonym of a word ‘canny’ (heimlich), and they both are closely connected. The ‘uncanny’ is in fact nothing really new or alien, but something that has been long known to mental life, something that has become estranged from it in the process of ‘repression’4.
In another way:
‘Otherness’ raises fear and objection. […] In contrast between a norm and an actual existence of people who do not fit into the norm. The...
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