The Owl, the Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales

The Owl, the Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales

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by G. Ronald Murphy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195136071

ISBN-13: 9780195136074

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The fairy tales collected by the brothers Grimm are among the best known and most widely-read stories in western literature. In recent years commentators such as Bruno Bettelheim have, usually from a psychological perspective, pondered the underlying meaning of the stories, why children are so enthralled by them, and what effect they have on the the best-known

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The fairy tales collected by the brothers Grimm are among the best known and most widely-read stories in western literature. In recent years commentators such as Bruno Bettelheim have, usually from a psychological perspective, pondered the underlying meaning of the stories, why children are so enthralled by them, and what effect they have on the the best-known tales (Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty) and shows that the Grimms saw them as Christian fables. Murphy examines the arguments of previous interpreters of the tales, and demonstrates how they missed the Grimms' intention. His own readings of the five so-called "magical" tales reveal them as the beautiful and inspiring "documents of faith" that the Grimms meant them to be.
Offering an entirely new perspective on these often-analyzed tales, Murphy's book will appeal to those concerned with the moral and religious education of children, to students and scholars of folk literature and children's literature, and to the many general readers who are captivated by fairy tales and their meanings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195136074
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

The Roots of Spiritual Stories
3(14)
Scholars and the Religious Spirit of the Tales
17(14)
The Spirituality of Wilhelm Grimm
31(14)
Hansel and Gretel
45(22)
Little Red Riding Hood
67(18)
Cinderella
85(28)
Snow White
113(20)
Sleeping Beauty
133(20)
Afterword
153(2)
Appendix A The Verses Marked by Wilhelm Grimm in His Greek New Testament 155(10)
Appendix B Little Red Riding Hood, 1st edition, 1812 165(6)
Appendic C Yggdrasil, the Cross, and the Christmas Tree 171(8)
Select Bibliography 179(6)
Index 185

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