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background image Week 1 (Syllabus week) 8/21-8/23 FORL2680: German Literature in Translation - Grimms’ Fairy Tales Texts read this week: “The Struggle for Meaning” and “Fairy Tale v. Myth” 
(Bettelheim)
“Cross-Cultural Connections and the Contamination of the Fairy Tale" (Zipes) 
Concepts to understand for Quiz on 8/28:
historical, political and literary contexts in which the Grimms were 
active 
Grimm brothers' motivations for collecting and publishing fairy tales  Why specific changes were made by the Grimms' to their fairytales o How do these changes relate to the brothers and their society  (consider their financial standing)?  Consider content decisions (depictions of violence and sex) and 
linguistic ramifications (inclusion/exclusion of dialects)
Enlightenment – Understanding/learning the world Romanticism – feeling, emotions, subjectivity to the world  o Appreciating nature/natural world [Discuss Introduction to Zipes Fairy Tales] fairy tales had oral beginnings – difficult to pinpoint the origin of 
certain tales (biological analogy)
16 th  century = beginning of fairy tales 19 th  century meets an equilibrium types of tales: folklore orally disseminated tales:  o fairy tales
o myths
o wonder tales
o legends
o fables
fairytale = märchen – short story/ little story (not to be confused with the 
subgroup short stories)
volksmärchen – stories told by the people
kunstmärchen (kunst = art) – has an origin/author
Fairy tales are adapted for the audience and borrowed from other stories *Germany is not unified during this time period (brought together through a 
central language)
[Discuss “Fairy tale Vs. Myth”]  fairy tale = optimistic

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School: East Carolina University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Professor: Dr. David Smith
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: fairytales, Id, Ego, Superego, enlightenment, Romanticism, and myth
Name: FORL 2680: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Description: Week 1 notes we discuss the time period The Grimm Brothers lived in and what a fairy tale is.
Uploaded: 08/25/2018
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School: East Carolina University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Professor: Dr. David Smith
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: fairytales, Id, Ego, Superego, enlightenment, Romanticism, and myth
Name: FORL 2680: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Description: Week 1 notes we discuss the time period The Grimm Brothers lived in and what a fairy tale is.
Uploaded: 08/25/2018