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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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Missionaries or Mimics? The Brothers Grimm and 19th Century Protestant German Missionaries in India: Anto Thomas Chakramakkil


Anto Thomas Chakramakkil

Missionaries or Mimics? The Brothers Grimm and 19th Century Protestant German Missionaries in India

In the past few centuries, German scholars have had unique intellectual relationships with India, and since then India has always excited Germany. Whereas the British relationship with India quickly entered the mould of colonialism and commercial gain, German scholars and missionaries with no economic or political interest plunged into a lively intellectual and emotional attachment with India. There were many German missionaries who came to South India in the mid-19th century. While the majority of them were devout and obeyed their superiors in Basel, a few were intellectuals, adventuresome, and at times rebellious. These superb scholars are remembered with respect today, while most missionaries of mediocre intellectual and academic pursuits are in oblivion in popular memory. Among these exceptional missionary scholars Dr. Hermann Gundert (1814–1893), Dr. Hermann Mögling (1811–1881), and Dr. Ferdinand Kittel (1832–1903) had one unique feature in common: they were all influenced by the very same intellectual movements that set Brothers Grimm to work in Germany in the 19th century – they were at heart Romantics. Most probably, when they were children, they read Grimms’ Fairy Tales published in 1812, or the later volumes or editions, before following the vocation to missionary life after 1834, when the Basel Mission decided to extend its activities in India. They may have read or heard these tales in early childhood; later, they mimicked the Brothers Grimm in...

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