The Original Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales
For the week of December 7th, 2014
Many of us remember the Grimm Brothers fairy tales from our childhood. But the stories we fondly recall were actually sanitized versions of the brothers’ original works. A new book by University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus Jack Zipes translates the Brothers Grimm’s original early 19th century stories into English for the first time. On this week’s Access Minnesota, a fresh look at the darker side of this classic children’s literature.
Part 1(1:30) Zipes’ interest in fairy tales; (2:55) The origin of the word “fairy tale”; (5:10) The challenges of translating the Grimm Brothers’ original works; ( 7:30) Zipes on being the first to translate the original versions; (9:57) The enduring popularity of the Grimm Brothers’ stories (12:35) The original stories’ target audience
Part 2(:35) Why the original versions of the stories are so forgotten by history and popular culture; (1:40) How the morality of the tales changed over time; (5:10) Why the world needs the original versions of these stories