Terrors of Childhood in the Grimms' Fairy Tales

Terrors of Childhood in the Grimms' Fairy Tales

by Winfried G. Kudszus, Winfried Kudszus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820456551

ISBN-13: 9780820456553

Pub. Date: 01/01/2005

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Questioning culturally predetermined consolidations of childhood experience, this study focuses on memory and affect on the verge of linguistic formulation. Fairy tale plots frequently function as cover-ups of a deeply rooted violence that expresses itself through sensibilities of the skin and in presymbolically charged cataclysms. In a narrative border zone, early

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Questioning culturally predetermined consolidations of childhood experience, this study focuses on memory and affect on the verge of linguistic formulation. Fairy tale plots frequently function as cover-ups of a deeply rooted violence that expresses itself through sensibilities of the skin and in presymbolically charged cataclysms. In a narrative border zone, early linguistic and psychic events reemerge with primordial force. Split into seemingly irreconcilable opposites, good and evil engage in warfare with each other; cannibalism and infanticide take hold of family life. Four tales are presented here as related in 1857 by the Brothers Grimm, along with new translations. Through in-depth readings of these intricately interpersonal texts, this inquiry explores a frightful silence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820456553
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Series:
Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
149
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

1In the beginning1
2Bruder Grimm : Der Konig vom goldenen Berg4
The king of the golden mountain5
3A yearning at the heart of terror : language and psyche in "The king of the golden mountain"15
4Bruder Grimm : Der glaserne Sarg32
The glass coffin33
5Skins of a tale : "The glass coffin"45
6Between dream and wakefulness : the female protagonist in "The glass coffin"61
7Bruder Grimm : Der treue Johannes72
Faithful Johannes73
8The idiom of passion : "Faithful Johannes"87
9Bruder Grimm : Von dem Machandelboom100
The Juniper tree101
10Eating and giving birth : "The Juniper tree"117
11Ending131

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