By Franz Xaver von Schönwerth
An extraordinary discovery on the earth of fairy tales—now for the 1st time in English
With this quantity, the holy trinity of fairy tales—the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Andersen—becomes a quartet. within the 1850s, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traversed the forests, lowlands, and mountains of northern Bavaria to checklist fairy stories, gaining the admiration of even the Brothers Grimm. so much of Schönwerth's paintings was once lost—until many years in the past, whilst thirty bins of manuscripts have been exposed in a German municipal archive.
Now, for the 1st time, Schönwerth's misplaced fairy stories come in English. Violent, darkish, and entire of motion, and upending the connection among damsels in misery and their dragon-slaying heroes, those greater than seventy tales convey us nearer than ever to the unadorned oral culture within which fairy stories are rooted, revolutionizing our figuring out of a hallowed genre.
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There are confrontations with death itself, as in 舠The Three Snake-Leaves舡 and 舠The Godfather Death,舡 and with the enchanted sleep that resembles it, as in 舠The Glass Coffin舡 and 舠Briar Rose,舡 the Sleeping Beauty story. Yet in spite of these dark and deathly elements, or perhaps even because of them, the Grimms舗 tales have a compelling vitality. They are cruder, wilder, more violent, and more fun than the elegant and poignantly beautiful tales of the Grimms舗 Danish contemporary Hans Christian Andersen.
It is not the prince who rescues her, but she who saves him, by curing his blindness with her tears. There are many examples of clever, active, and even heroic young women. In 舠The Robber Bridegroom,舡 the heroine tricks a cannibalistic murderer and brings him to justice, and in 舠The Feather Bird舡 another heroine rescues herself and her two sisters from a wizard who is really a serial sex killer. In a number of moving tales, a sister protects or rescues her brothers, as in 舠The Six Swans,舡 舠The Seven Crows,舡 and 舠The Twelve Brothers,舡 where the sister offers her life for those of her brothers.
In Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, he asserts that in the early folktales 舠the main characters and concerns of a monarchistic, patriarchal, and feudal society are presented, and the focus is on class struggle and competition for power舡 (p. 8). Although injustice and oppression are temporarily overcome to produce the usual happy ending, this happens through magical means, leaving relationships of power fundamentally unchanged. Zipes argues that the Grimms adapted the old tales to the ideals of nineteenth-century capitalism, with the goal of socializing children to bourgeois society: The male hero learns to be active, competitive, handsome, industrious, cunning, acquisitive.