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WKND 101B Two Centuries of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales

The Grimms’ fairy tales have garnered widespread scholarly and popular fascination in the over two hundred years since the collection first appeared in two volumes in 1812 and 1815. The collection enjoyed seven editions in the Grimms’ lifetimes, has been translated into around 170 languages, and in 2005 was designated a UNESCO “Memory of the World” heritage document. This lecture explores the Grimms’ fascinating lives, the origins of their interest in fairy tales and folklore, the manner in which they collected and edited their tales, and the reception of their tales in Europe and North America from the nineteenth century to the present.

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