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But fantasy aficionados the Brothers Grimm sure seemed to hate neat and tidy endings. One might even say they hated happiness and good tidings even more, as the majority of their fairytales are horrifyingly gruesome. Some of their tales are better known than others but they're all cleverly crafted.
This is Tales for Willful Readersa monthly column by Cate Fricke on the lasting power of folk and fairy tales, how they have influenced us individually and collectively, and the lessons they offer for modern life. Afterthought princes, foolish youngest sons, weak-willed fathers, monsters, kidnappers, and rapists—fairy tales are not especially kind in their depictions of men. The memetic figure of the heroic fairy tale prince, the one who enters at the eleventh hour to deliver the heroine from distress or enchantment, is somewhat of a minority.
In this article, Bengtsson considers the role of editing, revision, and self-censorship in handling sexual content and aspects of horror in the folk and fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers in Germany and Laura Soinne in Finland. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
By Marguerite JohnsonUniversity of Newcastle. Fairy tales have a tumultuous and fragile history. They were passed down over generations to while away long winter nights, to provide entertainment at special occasions and for simple enjoyment.
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Folk culture favoured greater sexual freedom than the church could sanction, and fairy tales allowed writers to deal with taboo subjects and taboo desires in an indirect way. Duffy notes that malignant spirits are more common than benevolent ones and she links the latter to a cheerful and open sexuality. In my next post on Queen Mab I note her apparent role in instructing innocent virgins.
Generally speaking fairies have very different ideas about some things then humans do, mostly because fairies have very different and often incompatible sets of ideals for how people are supposed to act compared to normal human ones. Humans that become fairies are mostly either already preconditioned to reject normal human ideals anyway, end up slowly accepting fairy ideals, or end up isolating themselves from other fairies. One of the big differences relates to sexuality and gender. Most fairies do not really have a strong interest in ideas about gender, both in sense of identity or orientation.
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