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Grimm LegaciesThe Magic Spell of the Grimms' Folk and Fairy Tales$
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Jack Zipes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691160580

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691160580.001.0001

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The Vibrant Body of the Grimms’ Folk and Fairy Tales, Which Do Not Belong to the Grimms

The Vibrant Body of the Grimms’ Folk and Fairy Tales, Which Do Not Belong to the Grimms

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(p.1) Introduction The Vibrant Body of the Grimms’ Folk and Fairy Tales, Which Do Not Belong to the Grimms
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Grimm Legacies
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Jack Zipes

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691160580.003.0001

This introductory chapter describes the corpus of folk and fairy tales that the Brothers Grimm had passed on to the German people. It then asks what legacy means in this context, more specifically in how the Brothers Grimm had attempted to pass on a wealth of cultural legacy and memory which have, in the process, become so universally international. The Brothers were aware from the very beginning that they were bequeathing their collected tales to a growing literate Germanic public; they endeavored to make these people more aware of popular culture in the German principalities. By doing this—bequeathing a legacy that was not really theirs to bequeath—they helped to create a new tradition of folklore that had a nationalist tinge to it.

Keywords:   fairy tales, Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, folk tales, cultural legacy, popular culture, nationalist folklore, German public, legacy

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