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Bottigheimer address many issues concerning fairy tales in this book from women s roles to trees to dialogue Instead of narrowing her focus to one area, the author highlights many different subjects This brings about many conclusions which leaves the reader feeling a bit confused I am unsure of her overall message However, this book is helpful if you want to look a brief overview of the social, gender, and spiritual themes in Grimm s fairy tales. Ughhhhh Too academic for me I could have just read the dust jacket and saved myself four days. Personally, I think that if you re going to read the Brother Grimm s Fairy Tales in anyway seriously, this is a book to keep by your side Its major fault is that it leans slightly toward the didactic, but hey, it s what we re here for, reading a university press book, right Hell, even just as someone who is thinking about going into writing, or just wants to delve into the history of Grimms can find a lot of it here Bottigheimer is singularly skilled at getting her points across with as much detail and evidence as possible The final result is a book that not only dissects the perspectives of the Grimms Brothers and their interpretation of stories, but also our perception of them and consequently, ALL OTHER STORIES, from Grimm to all the way to modern writers of today The Grimms fairy tales, OF ALL media, tends to be overlooked in terms of how it was influenced Its ubiquitous original quality gives it the impression that it sprung forth from the ground, untouched, like friggin Athena from Zeus head To say that it had no middle man from mouth to page is to underestimate the men who took it upon themselves to jot down the stories being heard around them, and the intensity of their need to impact society in a way that THEY deemed fit.This all, in turn, gives a brand new way to look at modern literature The speaking roles, the language used to describe characters, all of it And when you see it that way, it s disheartening to see how little has changed since the Grimms bent the stories to their will. Very interesting about the editing Wilhelm Grimm did on the tales, and how it mostly made the female characters less active and imposed punishments on females than males What I missed was wider explanations of the tales that the author handled the most, since most of them weren t familiar to me. Pretty great, all in all I would have liked to see examples and analysis in a mixed format, but it was written so that several pages of examples were given followed by a short lumped analysis I loved seeing Grimm s tales in a complex light, and the sources, language and readability were wonderful. Scanned for the thesis This wasn t nearly as useful as I had anticipatedor remembered I used it once before for a Sleeping Beauty paper and it was useful for that Alas.But that did mean I got through it really fast.No rating, read for thesis. A very interesting insight into how the Grimm s viewed the tales, but also the world as a whole and how women played a role in it. A good look at the social implications of the Grimm fairy tales A bit outdated at this point, but still worth the read ^Download Ebook ☔ Grimms' Bad Girls & Bold Boys ☙ The Fairy Tale Collection Of The Brothers Grimm Has Been A Central Document In German Social And Literary History For Generations, Mined For Various Purposes By Scholars Of Many Persuasions This Book, The First In Than Fifty Years To Examine The Entire Body Of Tales, Provides A Thorough Content Analysis, Focusing In Particular On The Use Of Gender In The StoriesRuth B Bottigheimer S Close Analysis Of Several Major Editions Of Grimms Tales Reveals Coherent Patterns Of Motif, Plot, And Image And Also Affords Insight Into The Moral And Social Vision Of The Collection Bottigheimer Discusses, For Example, The Relationship Between Transgression And Punishment, Noting That Gender Distinctions Rather Than The Severity Of The Sin Determined The Consequences Of Transgressing Prohibitions She Finds That In The Course Of The Taleseditorial History, Speech Was Systematically Taken Away From Women And Given To Men She Shows How Common Elements Unite Images And Themes As Disparate As Abandonment In The Forest, Subliminal Eroticism, Violence, And Christianity In The Tales And She Treats Their Social And Ethical Bases, Analyzing Such Aspects Of The Plots As The Workings Of The Judicial Process And The Relation Of Anti Semitism To The Economics Of Work And MoneyAccording To Bottigheimer, Freudians Praise Fairy Tales As Contributing To Children S Moral Education Although Jungians Recognize The Gender Distinctions Inherent In The Tales, They Treat The Collection Ahistorically, Ignoring Its Nineteenth Century German Origins By Combining A Sociohistorical Analysis Of These Stories With Close Scrutiny Of The Language In Which They Are Told, Bottigheimer Radically Alters The Uses To Which Grimms Tales Can Be Put In The Future By Historians, Psychologists, Feminists, And Educators