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Märchen, Mythen und Moderne

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

Im Dezember 2012 jährte sich zum 200. Mal das Erscheinen der Kinder- und Hausmärchen. Dieses Jubiläum nahm die Universität Kassel zum Anlass, einen internationalen Kongress mit dem Titel Märchen, Mythen und Moderne. 200 Jahre Kinder- und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm zu veranstalten. Die vorliegenden Kongressbeiträge nähern sich dem populärsten Werk der Brüder Grimm sowohl literatur- und sprachwissenschaftlich als auch aus Sicht der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur, Psychologie und Pädagogik, Medienwissenschaft und interkulturellen Rezeptionsforschung. Über die Märchen hinaus finden sich Studien zum philologischen, lexikographischen, mythologischen und rechtshistorischen Werk der Brüder Grimm.
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Remnants of Grimms’ Fairy Tales and German Legends in (Post-)Holocaust Poetry from the Bukovina: Cindy K. Renker


Cindy K. Renker

Remnants of Grimms’ Fairy Tales and German Legends in (Post-)Holocaust Poetry from the Bukovina

Among the most significant post-war German-Jewish poets, we find men and women who come from a landscape unfamiliar to many of us.1 These poets, among them Paul Celan, Rose Ausländer, Alfred Kittner, Immanuel Weissglas, and Alfred Gong, called home a region known as the Bukovina or ‘Buchenland’, a former enclave on the Eastern outskirts of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The before-mentioned poets had grown up in families of assimilated Jews whose ancestors had embraced the German language and culture when the region became part of the empire.2 Assimilation promised them liberation from the social and cultural ghetto through political equality, full citizenship rights, tax relief, and professional freedom – all granted to them by the Habsburg emperor in the second half of the nineteenth century. Thus the Bukovina and its citizens, particularly the Jewish population, thrived not only economically, but also culturally under Habsburg rule. Czernowitz, the capital of the Bukovina, became the cultural center and known as ‘Little Vienna’, where its citizens, at least half of them Jews, championed German culture.3

Since the Germanization of the Bukovina roughly coincided with the Romantic movement, it comes as no surprise that the works of the German Romantics were favored in the homes of the Jews who embraced German culture so readily. They used these works to teach their children German and introduce them to the literary landmarks of...

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