Terrors of Childhood in Grimms' Fairy Tales

byWinfried G. Kudszus

Paperback | September 29, 2005

Terrors of Childhood in Grimms' Fairy Tales by Winfried G. Kudszus
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Questioning culturally predetermined consolidations of childhood experience, this study focuses on memory and affect on the verge of linguistic formulation. Fairy tale plots frequently function as cover-ups of a deeply rooted violence that expresses itself through sensibilities of the skin and in presymbolically charged cataclysms. In a narrative border zone, early linguistic and psychic events reemerge with primordial force. Split into seemingly irreconcilable opposites, good and evil engage in warfare with each other; cannibalism and infanticide take hold of family life. Four tales are presented here as related in 1857 by the Brothers Grimm, along with new translations. Through in-depth readings of these intricately interpersonal texts, this inquiry explores a frightful silence.
The Author: W. G. Kudszus is Professor of German Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds advanced degrees in clinical psychology and in German. His numerous books and articles focus on poetry, twentieth-century prose, literature and schizophrenia, the theory of translation, and psychoanalysis. He has been a Fel...
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Title:Terrors of Childhood in Grimms' Fairy TalesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:9.06 X 6.3 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9.06 X 6.3 X 0.68 inPublished:September 29, 2005Publisher:Peter Lang Inc., International Academic PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820456551

ISBN - 13:9780820456553

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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