Romantic Fairy Tales

Paperback | December 1, 2000

byCarol VariousEditorCarol Tully

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The four works collected in this volume reveal the fascinating preoccupations of the German Romantic movement, which revelled in the inexplicable, the uncanny and the unknown and, especially, the mysterious world of the fairy tale. Goethe's richly imaginative Fairy Tale (1795) depicts an ethereal underground realm and the marriage of a beautiful man and woman, whose union heralds a new age. In Tieck's Eckbert the Fair (1797) two outsiders seek refuge in the solitude of dark woods to conceal their incestuous passion from the world, while in Fouque's Undine (1811) a water nymph falls in love and acquires a soul, and so discovers the reality of human suffering. And Brentano's Tale of Honest Casper and Fair Annie (1817) portrays the tragedy of a young couple, destroyed by a false sense of honour and pride.

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The German Romantics’ literary fairy tale, Kunstmarchen, evoked their obsession with mystery, medievalism and humanity’s inner darkness. Goethe’s innovative Fairy Tale helped establish the genre. Ludwig Tieck’s Eckbert the Fair presents a pair of outsiders hiding from the world in the dark woods, engaging in incestuous love. Friedr...

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The four works collected in this volume reveal the fascinating preoccupations of the German Romantic movement, which revelled in the inexplicable, the uncanny and the unknown and, especially, the mysterious world of the fairy tale. Goethe's richly imaginative Fairy Tale (1795) depicts an ethereal underground realm and the marriage of a...

Carol Tully was born in Galashiels, Scotland. After gaining a BA from the University of Strathclyde, she went on to take her PhD at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London. Before taking up her current post as lecturer in German at the University of Wales Bangor, she taught at King's College, London and the University of Leeds. As wel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.81 × 5.09 × 0.44 inPublished:December 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140447326

ISBN - 13:9780140447323

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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The German Romantics’ literary fairy tale, Kunstmarchen, evoked their obsession with mystery, medievalism and humanity’s inner darkness. Goethe’s innovative Fairy Tale helped establish the genre. Ludwig Tieck’s Eckbert the Fair presents a pair of outsiders hiding from the world in the dark woods, engaging in incestuous love. Friedrich de la Motte Fouque’s Undine describes a water nymph in love that attains a soul and discovers human anguish. Clemens Brentano’s Tale of Honest Casper and Fair Annie presents a young couple overwhelmed by a tragedy born of honour and pride. Intriguing and disturbing, Romantic Fairy Tales reveals the German sensibility’s development through the Romantic period.