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School: East Carolina University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Professor: Dr. David Smith
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Psyche, sex, violence, Grimms, history, and americandream
Name: FORL2680: Grimms Fairy Tales
Description: This week we discussed the Brothers Grimm's background/life and started discussing their stories.
Uploaded: 09/03/2018
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background image Week 2 8/28-8/30 FORL2680: German Literature in Translation - Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Texts read this week: “The Brothers Grimm as Collectors and Editors of 
German Fairytales” (Neuman)
“Sex & Violence” (Tatar)
Concepts to understand:
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)
Psyche-unconscious
Superego-conscience (values, morals, shaped by society)
Ego- characteristics of our personality
Id-drives (compelled to do)
Grimm Brother’s wrote stories 1812-1815 Mythic characters – unique and superhuman o Ex: Hercules Fairytale characters- not unique, average person In terms of fairytales (Bettelheim’s Understanding) Fairytales demonized by the catholic church o 1300s-1400s – catholic church=power blamed women for the stories fairytales were feminized therefore less credible Biography of the Grimm Brothers:  1. When did the Grimm brothers live and work? a. Germany 1785-1860 2. Where did the Grimm brothers live and work during their career? a. Hanau, Kassel, Marburg, Berlin, Gottengheim 3. Was there a nation-state called Germany at the time? How was this  area of Europe characterized politically? a. Holy Roman Empire 4. What foreign force occupied the Grimms’ homeland in 1806? a. France-Napoleon 5. What happened to this foreign force in 1813? a. Napoleon was defeated at Leipzig 
b. German as political force
c. Nationalism becomes emotionally connected 
i. Dangerous concept (think WWII)
background image Week 2 8/28-8/30 6. What were the Göttingen Seven and how does the Grimms’  participation in their actions show that the brothers were politically 
minded and engaged? 
a. Protest against the king/constitution (through a letter) i. Grimm brothers are fired 7. What is folk poetry, and why were the Grimms particularly fond of it? a. Originated from the people (German pride) 8. Name at least three other accomplishments of the Grimms. a. The German Grammar (Grimm’s law), German Dictionary,  German Mythology, German legends Grimm Brothers as Collectors and Editors… 1. About how old were the brothers when they began working with fairy  tales? a. 20s 2. Why is the second volume of the Grimms’ collection, published 1815,  seen as more “aesthetically pleasing” than the first? a. 2 nd  edition incorporated feedback from the consumers  and illustrations were being added alongside the stories b. 1 st  edition the stories were merely placed together 8. How did the Grimms regard their revision and expansion of the fairy  tale material? a. Editorial preference/changes made so story could grow 9. Why is their collection so highly regarded when compared to those that came before them? a. Popular because they incorporated feedback from the  people What does it mean to be (US) American? Patriotism Nationalism Progressive American Dream (security & success) Legal rights Freedom Technological No official language (melting pot) Folklore- stories passed down through generations (orally & literary) Fairytales Fables – talking animals (Tortoise & the Hare) Legends – historically based/inspired Wondertales Myth Proverbs

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School: East Carolina University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Professor: Dr. David Smith
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Psyche, sex, violence, Grimms, history, and americandream
Name: FORL2680: Grimms Fairy Tales
Description: This week we discussed the Brothers Grimm's background/life and started discussing their stories.
Uploaded: 09/03/2018
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