Christa Kamenetsky studied at the universities of Freiburg, Munich, Central Michigan, and Washington and is the author of Children's Literature in Hitler's Germany (Ohio University Press). She is a professor of English at Central Michigan University where she teaches children’s literature and comparative literature.
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Critics of the Grimms' folktales have often imposed narrow patriotic, religious, moralistic, social, and pragmatic meanings of their stories, sometimes banning them altogether from nurseries and schoolrooms. In this study, Kamenetsky uses the methodology of the folklorist to place the folktale research of the Grimms within the broader context of their scholarly work in comparative linguistics and literature.
Professor Kamenetsky examines the changing state of children’s literature and folklore in Germany under the impact of Nazi cultural policy between 1933 and 1945. Beginning with a historical introduction highlighting the trends in literary criticism which proved amenable to Nazi ideology, she traces the effect of censorship upon the school libraries, reading curriculum, and publishing environment.