The Brothers Grimm and Folktale
Edited by James M. McGlathery University of Illinois Press, 1988 Library of Congress PT921.B76 1988 | Dewey Decimal 398.20943
"Some of the best folklore and Grimm scholars from Europe and the U.S. combined to
give an excellent overview of the scholarly research and current critical thought regarding
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm and their hugely popular Grimm's Fairy Tales. . . . The
book is directed to the general educated public and is very readable." -- Choice
Critics of the Grimms' folktales have often imposed narrow patriotic, religious, moralistic, social, and pragmatic meanings of their stories, sometimes banning them altogether from nurseries and schoolrooms. In this study, Kamenetsky uses the methodology of the folklorist to place the folktale research of the Grimms within the broader context of their scholarly work in comparative linguistics and literature.