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Title:
The owl, the raven, & the dove : the religious meaning of the Grimms' magic fairy tales
Author:
Murphy, G. Ronald, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xi, 189 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1500 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780195136074

9780195130232
Format :
Book

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Central Library GR166 .M87 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

The fairy tales collected by the brothers Grimm are among the best known and most widely-read stories in western literature. In recent years commentators such as Bruno Bettelheim have, usually from a psychological perspective, pondered the underlying meaning of the stories, why children areso enthralled by them, and what effect they have on the developing child. In this book, Ronald Murphy takes five of the best-known tales ("Hansel and Gretel," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Sleeping Beauty") and shows that the Grimms saw them as Christian fables. Murphyexamines the arguments of previous interpreters of the tales, and demonstrates how they missed the Grimms' intention. His own readings of the five so-called "magical" tales reveal them as the beautiful and inspiring "documents of faith" that the Grimms meant them to be. Offering an entirely new perspective on these often-analyzed tales, Murphy's book will appeal to those concerned with the moral and religious education of children, to students and scholars of folk literature and children's literature, and to the many general readers who are captivated by fairytales and their meanings.


Author Notes

Ronald G. Murphy is Professor of German at Georgetown University.


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