Grimms' bad girls & bold boys : the moral & social vision of the Tales /
Ruth B. Bottigheimer.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c1987.
xv, 211 p. ; 25 cm.
0300039085 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c1987.
0300039085 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 193-205.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-02:
Fairy tales in general, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Kinder- und Haus-marchen (1812) in particular, have been the subject of critical malpractice and critical neglect-the former at the hands of ``interpreters'' who believe the tales to represent unchanging psychological verities and the latter by folklorists concerned with content only in terms of individual motifs. Emphasizing that the collection underwent repeated revisions at the hands of its compilers and embodies their own, historically determined, values, Bottigheimer carefully scrutinizes what they actually say in it-a procedure well-nigh revolutionary in the context. She is especially interested in the silence and suffering that are shown as proper to women and girls, contrasting it with the adventurousness of the male protagonists. The intelligence and sanity of her investigation and the thorough command of her subject that supports it are exemplary. One need not consider her every statement to be above question in order to feel that this book ought to have been written long ago. An essential acquisition for all folklore collections, important for women's studies. Useful bibliography; informative notes.-M. Ury, University of California, Davis
Appeared in Library Journal on 1987-08-15:
Following recent emphasis on the Grimms' editorial interventions in successive editions of the Tales, Bottigheimer argues convincingly that one consequence of a shaping hand was to convey, covertly and cumulatively, a fundamental and profound gender bias. The Grimms' (chiefly Wilhelm's) editing tended to inhibit women's speech, to punish them disproportionately for transgressions, to isolate them, and to reduce their autonomy. Through close reading and linguistic and sociohistorical analyses, the author also investigates anti-Semitism, economics, Christian values, and eroticism in the Tales. Her study effectively corrects such influential interpretations as Bettelheim's by insisting on the Tales' cultural specificity. Extensive primary and secondary bibliographies. Patricia Dooley, formerly with English Dept., Drexel Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, August 1987
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