This WordPress site is a preview for the course Fairy Tales: Grimms to Disney.

Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel – who created these fairy tales, and to whom were they told? What are they about, and why have they survived to the present day? And what is their hidden, secret meaning? To answer these questions, we will read and interpret several well-known tales from the collection of the Brothers Grimm, but we will also look at how they are told today, for instance in Disney movies. To deepen our understanding of this evolving heritage, we will familiarize ourselves with various interpretive approaches of historians, folklorists, psychologists, and anthropologists.
SAKAI https://sakai.duke.edu/
The course uses a SAKAI site for access to all of the materials for the course: syllabus, reading assignments, study questions, additional readings (PDF), group email, etc. You may also be directed to use SAKAI to submit selected formal assignments.

Required texts:

  • Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Grimms’ Tales for Young and Old: The Complete Stories. Trans. Ralph Manheim. [All numbers in the course schedule refer to tales in the Gimms’s book.]
  • George Eliot. Silas Marner.
  • Important note: Excerpts from multiple other texts as well as study questions will be posted on the syllabus page of Sakai weekly.

The fairy tales offered on this WordPress site are a different translation from the (required) Ralph Manheim translation: Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales. Garden City, New York: International Collectors Library, n.d. [1900s].  http://www.archive.org/stream/grimmscompletefa00grim#page/n5/mode/2up


Site Design:

Nele Fritz

Nele Fritz is a Library Science student (B.A.) at TH Köln – University of Technology, Arts and Sciences, Cologne, Germany. From September 2015 to March 2016 she worked as an intern in International and Area Studies and in Research Services at Duke University Libraries. (with Dr. Heidi Madden, Librarian for Western European and Medieval Renaissance Studies).
As part of her field experience project she collaborated with Professor Jakob Norberg to build the website “Fairy Tales – From Grimms to Disney”.