ENG 222 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Spinning Jenny, Frame Story, Narrative Structure

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11 Apr 2016
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Fairy tales: two waves in historical development: popularity to write down folk tales for the amusement of the rich (perrault, 1500,1800/italy, france: appropriation of the oral folk take by german antiquarians (especially. 1857: after significant revision they published book of tales directed specifically for german children (more educational) They went around germany (villages, cities) listening to others stories (no recordings or notes writing down stories from memory later: automatic process of reshaping and censoring stories that you have heard. They then combined similar stories into one & expanded the stories to improve transitions (characterization/motivation) Revisions were driven by the ideology of their publishers and audience (removal of information for the children) There was rarely a reference to god, devil, prayer: but grimm emphasized and integrated these christianic themes into their stories. Ex: snow white is temped to eat the apple, the queen is a godless women, rumpelstiltskin says that the devil told her his name.

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