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


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Ann Schmiesing is associate professor of German and Scandinavian literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of Norway's Christiania Theatre, 1827-1867: From Danish Showhouse to National Stage.


Ann Schmiesing's Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales forges a path into an area of fairy-tale studies that has been largely neglected.--Kirsten Mollegaard"Folklore" (07/07/2016)
In Disability, Deformity, and Disease in the Grimms' Fairy Tales, Schmiesing locates the entire question of disability and prosthesis in a fascinating socio-historical context that enriches our understanding of the Grimms' tales in profound ways. It's as if someone had deftly rotated the critical kaleidoscope of the last decade to create a completely new picture of the cultural stakes in the Grimms' tales. A breakthrough work of fairy-tale scholarship.--Maria Tatar "John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and author of The Annotated Brothers Grimm "
Schmiesing successfully merges disability studies with fairy-tale studies and has produced a book that is relevant for students and scholars in both disciplines. Her combination of careful close readings of the tales with reflections on the Grimms' social and personal context is convincing and opens up new avenues for thinking about the content and the editorial process of the Kinder- und Hausm?rchen. It has certainly given me a fresh perspective on certain fairy tales, and Schmiesing argues convincingly and in a sophisticated way about the social and narrative construction of disability in the tales.--Vanessa Joosen "author of Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales (Wayne State University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Grimms' Tales around the Globe: The Dynamics of Their International Reception (Wayne State University Press, 2014) "

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