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Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales, Ann Schmiesing

Label
Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales
Title
Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales
Statement of responsibility
Ann Schmiesing
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Explores portrayals of disability, deformity, and disease in the "Grimms' Children's and Household Tales "within a socio-historical framework and from a disability studies perspective.
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Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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1969-
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Schmiesing, Ann
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • GR166.S35
  • GR166
LC item number
.S4153 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Fairy tales
  • Abnormalities, Human, in literature
  • Diseases in literature
  • Grimm, Wilhelm
  • Grimm, Jacob
Summary expansion
Although dozens of disabled characters appear in the Grimms' Children's and Household Tales , the issue of disability in their collection has remained largely unexplored by scholars. In Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales , author Ann Schmiesing analyzes various representations of disability in the tales and also shows how the Grimms' editing (or ""prostheticizing"") of their tales over seven editions significantly influenced portrayals of disability and related manifestations of physical difference, both in many individual tales and in the collection overall. Schmiesing begins by exploring instabilities in the Grimms' conception of the fairy tale as a healthy and robust genre that has nevertheless been damaged and needs to be restored to its organic state. In chapter 2, she extends this argument by examining tales such as ""The Three Army Surgeons"" and ""Brother Lustig"" that problematize, against the backdrop of war, characters' efforts to restore wholeness to the impaired or diseased body. She goes on in chapter 3 to study the gendering of disability in the Grimms' tales with particular emphasis on the Grimms' editing of ""The Maiden Without Hands"" and ""The Frog King or Iron Henry."" In chapter 4, Schmiesing considers contradictions in portrayals of characters such as Hans My Hedgehog and the Donkey as both cripple and ""supercripple"" - a figure who miraculously ""overcomes"" his disability and triumphs despite social stigma. Schmiesing examines in chapter 5 tales in which no magical erasure of disability occurs, but in which protagonists are depicted figuratively ""overcoming"" disability by means of other personal abilities or traits. The Grimms described the fairy tale using metaphors of able-bodiedness and wholeness and espoused a Romantic view of their editorial process as organic restoration. Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales shows, however, the extent to which the Grimms' personal experience of disability and illness impacted the tales and reveals the many disability-related amendments that exist within them. Readers interested in fairy-tales studies and disability studies will appreciate this careful reading of the Grimms' tales
Target audience
general
Label
Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales, Ann Schmiesing
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Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-218) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Able-bodied aesthetics? : the Grimms' preface to the Kinder-und Hausmärchen -- The simulacrum of wholeness : prosthesis and surgery in "The three army surgeons" and "Brother Lustig" -- Gender and disability : the Grimms' prostheticizing of "The maiden without hands" and "The frog king or Iron Henry" -- Cripples and supercripples : the erasure of disability in "Hans my hedgehog," The donkey," and "Rumpelstiltskin" -- "Overcoming" disability in the Thumbling, Dummy, and Aging Animal Tales
Control code
BDZ0023585797
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 225 pages
Isbn
9780814338414
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales, Ann Schmiesing
Publication
Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-218) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Able-bodied aesthetics? : the Grimms' preface to the Kinder-und Hausmärchen -- The simulacrum of wholeness : prosthesis and surgery in "The three army surgeons" and "Brother Lustig" -- Gender and disability : the Grimms' prostheticizing of "The maiden without hands" and "The frog king or Iron Henry" -- Cripples and supercripples : the erasure of disability in "Hans my hedgehog," The donkey," and "Rumpelstiltskin" -- "Overcoming" disability in the Thumbling, Dummy, and Aging Animal Tales
Control code
BDZ0023585797
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 225 pages
Isbn
9780814338414
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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