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Author Murphy, G. Ronald, 1938-

Title The owl, the raven & the dove : the religious meaning of the Grimms' magic fairy tales / G. Ronald Murphy
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 189 pages) : illustrations
Contents One: The Roots of Spiritual Stories; two: Scholars and the Religious Spirit of the Tales; three: The Spirituality of Wilhelm Grimm; four: Hansel and Gretel; five: Little Red Riding Hood; six: Cinderella; seven: Snow White; eight: Sleeping Beauty; nine: Afterword; Appendix A: The Verses Marked by Wilhelm Grimm in His Greek New Testament; Appendix B: Little Red Riding Hood, 1st edition, 1812; Appendix C: Yggdrasil, the Cross, and the Christmas Tree; Select Bibliography; Index
Summary This study takes five of the Grimm brothers' best-known tales and argues that the Grimms saw them as Christian fables. The author examines the arguments of previous interpreters of the tales, and demonstrates how they missed the Grimms' intention
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-183) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863 -- Religion.
Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859 -- Religion.
Kinder- und Hausmärchen.
Christianity and literature.
Fairy tales -- Germany -- Religious aspects.
Fairy tales -- Germany.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0195136071 (acid-free paper)
0198031122 (electronic bk.)
1423760611 (electronic bk.)
9780195136074 (acid-free paper)
9780198031123 (electronic bk.)
9781423760610 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Owl, the raven, and the dove