Owl, the Raven, and the Dove The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales

ISBN-10: 0195151690
ISBN-13: 9780195151695
Edition: 2002
Authors: G. Ronald Murphy
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List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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 are so 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. Murphy examines 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 fairy tales and their meanings.

G. Ronald Murphy, S.J. is Professor of German at Georgetown University. He is the author of several titles, including The Heiland: The Saxon Gospel and The Owl, the Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales.

The Roots of Spiritual Stories
Scholars and the Religious Spirit of the Tales
The Spirituality of Wilhelm Grimm
Hansel and Gretel
Little Red Riding Hood
Cinderella
Snow White
Sleeping Beauty
Afterword
The Verses Marked by Wilhelm Grimm in His Greek New Testament
Little Red Riding Hood, 1st edition, 1812
Yggdrasil, the Cross, and the Christmas Tree
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