Lecture 8

Grimms’ Fairy Tales

The Grimm Brothers

  • Grimm brothers wanted a united utopian nation, not a bunch of nation states.
  • People who wanted a united German nation wanted to collect old tales because they thought that they contained essential truths about German culture.
    • German people will be brought together!!


  • Bourgeoisie
    • Educated middle-class people
    • Not born with land/titles
    • National, family-focused, industrious, moral
    • More of them than any other class
      • Control society with culture
    • Not like the nobility
  • Appropriation
    • Higher classes integrate elements of lower class culture

Grimms’ Tales

  • They packaged them up for bourgeoisie consumption.
    • Now people think that’s the way they should be.