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The Brothers Grimm and Their Critics
Folktales and the Quest for Meaning

By Christa Kamenetsky

"This new book is, to date, the most comprehensive study in English of the Grimms and their märchen, and it is very likely the best. Believing the brothers' aims and methods to have been misunderstood, Christa Kamenetsky emphasizes their internationalism, their lack of dogmatism, their ties to the Romantic movement (especially their devotion to the ideal of Naturpoesie), and the relationship between Jacob's research on language and their ideas about the origin of the tales. [Kamenetsky] bases her assertions on the Grimms' own notes and commentary, which she claims to have been generally overlooked."


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.

Christa Kamenetsky was a schoolchild in Germany during World War II. She studied at the universities of Kiel, Bremen, Freiburg, Central Michigan, Munich, and Washington. She is also the author of The Brothers Grimm and Their Critics: Folktales and the Quest for Meaning and was a professor of English at Central Michigan University, where she taught children’s literature and comparative literature.   More info →

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Release date: July 1992
22 illus. · 383 pages · 6 × 9 in.
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