Tales and Translation: The Grimm Tales from Pan-Germanic Narratives to Shared International Fairytales

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Dealing with the most translated work of German literature, the Tales of the brothers Grimm (1812-1815), this book discusses their history, notably in relation to Denmark and subsequently other nations from 1816 to 1986. The Danish intelligentsia responded enthusiastically to the tales and some were immediately translated into Danish by a nobleman and by the foremost Romantic poet. Their renditions remained in print for a century and embued the tales with high prestige. This book discusses translators, ...
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Overview

Dealing with the most translated work of German literature, the Tales of the brothers Grimm (1812-1815), this book discusses their history, notably in relation to Denmark and subsequently other nations from 1816 to 1986. The Danish intelligentsia responded enthusiastically to the tales and some were immediately translated into Danish by a nobleman and by the foremost Romantic poet. Their renditions remained in print for a century and embued the tales with high prestige. This book discusses translators, approaches, and other parameters such as copyright, and changes in target audiences. The tales’ social acceptability inspired Hans Christian Andersen to write his celebrated fairytales. Combined, the Grimm and Andersen tales came to constitute the ‘international fairytale’.This genre was born in processes of translation and, today, it is rooted more firmly in the world of translation than in national literatures. This book thus addresses issues of interest to literary, cross-cultural studies and translation.
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Editorial Reviews

Ruth B. Bottigheimer
Dollerup’s study is a fine example of the ways in which book history has given teeth to latterday literary studies.
Karen Seago
Discussing the imposition of societal norms by the receiving culture in term of 'linguistics/cultural incompatibility' or '-gatekeeping,' Dollerup establishes excellent, nonjudgemental criteria for his evaluation of the 'adequacy' of a translation which avoid such conflicted notions as 'fidelity' to the source text, or censorship operating in the receptor culture.
André Clas
Lóuvrage est donc bien un 'reflet' d'une époque et une illustration de l'importance de la traduction dans d'évolution sociale et même dans d'évolution du statut du traducteur.
Dinda Gorlée
An exciting book, full of trenchant, innovative analyses and scholarly interactions between a well-known genre, but viewed from a highly informed and insightful rapprochement. brilliant in its attention to thousands and thousands of minute overlapping details, it is salutary reading (and good entertainment) for translation scholars and their advanced students.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Germany: telling the tales
The lives of the brothers Grimm 3
The historical setting 5
The Danish connection 12
The publication history of the Tales 25
'Ideal tales' and 'filters' 27
Strata of story-telling traditions 29
Texts and geneses of selected tales 39
Danish connections and subsequent events 65
Tracking Danish translations 71
Denmark: reception, impact, and sales of the Tales
Introduction: the Tales in Danish society and culture 149
The Grimm source texts and Danish translations 160
Selling the Tales 173
Embedding the Tales in Danish
Defining the Tales in Denmark 199
A critique of three specimen translations 200
Selection: the collective consensus 236
Conclusion: the Grimm repertory in Danish 250
New tellers of tales: internationalisation
The Tales and illustrations 255
Internationalisation: multiple tellers 260
Internationalisation: the leaping Tales 275
The end of the tale: summary and conclusion
Notes 329
Works cited 345
App. 1 Jacob Grimm: Circular (1815) 351
App. 2 Wilhelm Grimm: 'Introduction' (1819) 352
App. 3 KHM-numbers and titles in German, English, and Danish 362
Index 371
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