Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror?: 160 Years Later by Barbara Smith ChalouStruwwelpeter: Humor or Horror?: 160 Years Later by Barbara Smith Chalou

Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror?: 160 Years Later

byBarbara Smith Chalou

Paperback | December 20, 2006

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A recent upsurge in interest in Der Struwwelpeter, written by Heinrich Hoffman has initiated a new wave of spin-offs, parodies, and retellings of these immensely popular stories. Hoffman's style, which is instructive and moralistic, coupled with the sadistic content of his works lend a unique quality to the stories that we don't see in contemporary children's literature. Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror? is a critical analysis of the now infamous Struwwelpeter stories. While Hoffman intended his depictions of amputated limbs and burning children to be humorous and to warn children against misbehavior, some find the punishments can be excessively vicious. Looking beyond the history of child rearing practices and children's literature, Barbara Smith Chalou considers the socio-historic context in which the book was written and makes comparisons to contemporary children's fare that is similarly violent, but intended to be humorous.
Barbara Smith Chalou is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
Title:Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror?: 160 Years LaterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.1 × 5.83 × 0.33 inPublished:December 20, 2006Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739116649

ISBN - 13:9780739116647


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Childhood and Children's Literature Chapter 3 Violence as Entertainment Chapter 4 The Struwwelpeter Stories Chapter 5 Parodies, Spin-Offs, and Other Nineteenth Century Children's Stories Chapter 6 Contemporary Children's Literature and the Absence of Didacticism Chapter 7 Appendices

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Chalou's book is an insightful and refreshing synthesis of the literature on the ever fascinating, though violent, 19th centurychildren's cautionary tale, Struwwelpeter. Her in-depth analysis combined with comparisons to contemporary children's fare make for entertaining as well as scholarly reading.