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Alteri, Suzan A.
Tran, Jasmine
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from folk tale to fairy tale October 4 December 14, 2012 EXHIBITION HOURS Monday Thursday 9:00am 6:00pm Friday 9:00am 5:00pm Closed Saturday, Sunday and academic holidays Featuring 30 books from the Baldwin Library of Historical Childrens Literature, Grimm Changes illustrates the transformation of the Grimm tales from orally shared folk tales to the beloved fairy tales of today. Special Thanks: Jennifer Farrington, Bill Hanssen, John Cech, Megan Leroy, Smathers Libraries Digital Library Center, and Facilities and Planning Department. Images from: Front Cover: Madeleine Gekiere. From Grimms Tales Oxford University Press, 1954 Interior: Brothers Grimm. Picture by Emil Grimm Courtesy of Brueder Grimm Museum Kassel. Felix Hoffman. From Rapunzel Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1961. Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm and Arthur Rackham. Pulling the Piece of Soft Cheese Out of His Pocket, He Squeezed it Till The Moisture Ran Out from Hansel & Grethel & Other Tales E.P. Dutton & Company, 1920. Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm and Arthur Rackham. From Little Brother and Little Sister Dodd, Mead & Company, 1917. Back Panel: Kay Nielsen. Snip, snap, she cut off all her beautiful tresses from Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel George H. Doran Company, 1906. Also available online at: Smathers Library, Special & Area Studies Research Room


This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Brothers Grimm, Kinderund Hausmrchen ( Children and Household Tales ), a collection of folk tales from the oral tradition that were considered to be distinctly 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and a second volume was published in 1815. During their lifetime, there were seven editions of Children and Household Tales the last edition appearing in 1857. By this time, Wilhelm Grimm had so heavily altered and edited many tales that they were hardly recognizable from The original edition of Children and Household Tales was published for scholars and members of the middle class, not children. But by 1819, when Wilhelm began the second edition, the Brothers had conceded to the will of the public. Subsequent editions of the Tales oral tradition, as well as eliminating anything unsuitable for children (such as sexual elements). By altering their own work, the Brothers Grimm helped begin the transformation of the Tales from folk tales to fairy tales. Grimm Changes: from folk tale to fairy tale However many of the stories, such as Cinderella were actually hybrids from different cultures. Yet many of the protagonists were like the Grimms themselves: individuals who proved their merit, rose in social status, and achieved success through cunning and industriousness. Indeed, most of the characters what the Brothers Grimm belief in Protestantism, industriousness, diligence, cleverness, loyalty, and honesty. Suzan A. Alteri and Jasmine Tran, Curators When the Brothers Grimm began collecting material for Children and Household Tales Germany as we know it today did not exist. The country was divided into principalities (states), each having its own set of laws and customs. In addition, the country had been invaded and occupied by Emperor Napoleon. Thus, it was a crucial goal of the Brothers to create a work that would unite the German people and create a national identity. By recovering material from esoteric encyclopedias and recording various storytellers that came to their house, the Grimms believed they were recovering a German mythology and a German attitude toward life. Grimm Changes is a part of Grimmfest, presented by the Center for Childrens Literature and Culture. For details see: