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'All in one stroke': Grimms' fairy tales and the TV-production of a new Germany

Wölfel, U. (2015) 'All in one stroke': Grimms' fairy tales and the TV-production of a new Germany. Oxford German Studies, 44 (3). pp. 271-288. ISSN 0078-7191

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1179/0078719115Z.00000000087

Abstract/Summary

The article looks at the most recent TV adaptations of the Grimms’ fairy tales by public broadcasting. Realized and marketed as a season which started in 2008,the thirty-four currently existing individual films constitute a significant national project that presents highly appealing notions of the German past to an audience divided over national conflict and demands of globalization. With children and adolescents at the centre, the films offer the young as a generation of moral superiority that facilitates social harmony and moral consensus. This post-unification utopia is beautifully realized on screen but rests on very conservative assumptions about gender, social driving forces, and political order.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > German
ID Code:40874
Uncontrolled Keywords:childhood, post-unification, German, fairy tale, Grimm, public broadcasting, heritage
Publisher:Maney Publishing

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