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Märchen, Mythen und Moderne

200 Jahre «Kinder- und Hausmärchen» der Brüder Grimm – Teil 1 und 2

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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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Once Upon TV – Telling Tales of the Twenty-First Century: Anika Ullmann

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Anika Ullmann

Once Upon TV – Telling Tales of the Twenty-First Century

Within a week in October 2011 two television series started airing on American television: Once Upon a Time (OUAT) and Grimm.1 That fairy tales tend to reflect the cultural and historical background against which they are retold has been established again and again.2 Consequently, these two shows are especially useful as important updates for a contemporary America,3 two hundred years after the first publication of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. I intend, however, to demonstrate that these shows do more. In Why Fairy Tales Stick Jack Zipes remarks that “[m]ore than ever before in history we have fairy tales about fairy tales.”4 Following this thought I want to argue that both television shows do not only adapt fairy tale material to present us with updated versions of their respective messages, but at times, even more, these series are debating the status of fairy tales themselves in the twenty-first century.

Once Upon a Time

The first season of OUAT is set in the small town of Storybrooke. Viewers know, that the inhabitants of Storybrooke are all characters from fairy tales. They themselves though are not aware who they are. They have lost their memories. A curse has been cast, which transported the fairyland characters form the Enchanted Forest to modern day America. There they live as modern day people with only their names as adjusted remnants of...

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