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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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The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales as a breakthrough in English children’s literature in the nineteenth century: Irina Shishkova

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Irina Shishkova

The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales as a breakthrough in English children’s literature in the nineteenth century

The most famous collectors of German folk tales, the Brothers Grimm, are very well known all over the world for their indomitable spirit and invaluable contribution to international philology. The unique collection of fairy tales allowed them to win over different target audiences, adults and children from different social groups. This fame can be explained by their daring but quite successful endeavour to popularize such stories as Cinderella (Aschenputtel), The Frog Prince (Der Froschkönig), Hansel and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), and Snow White (Schneewittchen).

Their first collection of folk tales, Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen), was published in 1812. The reality surpassed the most audacious expectations – due to the Brothers Grimm not only did folk tales continue to attract the readership’s attention and remain their favourite, but they influenced other genres of literature (fairy tales, family stories, fantasy). By their tales the Grimms made an invaluable contribution to painting, mainly through illustrations. Much later, film, cartoon, radio and music industries thrived on the popularity of their masterpieces. And last but not least, following the example of the Brothers Grimm scholars all over the world started their research while collecting and exploring the heritage of different nationalities, which gave birth to a new scientific trend, the study of folklore.

Like in England in the 19th century, nowadays the Brothers Grimm’s...

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