Recent Psychological Approaches with Some Questions about the Abuse of Children

  • Jack Zipes


The bicentennial celebrations of the birthdays of the Brothers Grimm have long since come to an end, and it is time to take stock. Did we really learn something new about the Grimms and their tales during those two years of celebrations and commemorations held fifteen years ago? Or did we honor the Grimms merely by praising them in a conventional and uncritical manner, and did we thereby do them a disservice? Who did the praising and why? This last question is most significant, for numerous associations, institutions, and nations organized ceremonial conferences and symposiums to honor the Grimms, or published books and articles about their significance. Such widespread tribute to the Grimms and their work certainly indicated to what extent the Grimms, and their tales in particular, have transcended German culture to become vital components in the cultural heritages of different nations. In fact, one could probably argue that the Grimms’ tales, either in their literally translated editions or in multifarious adaptations, and especially in their mass-mediated forms by Disney and other cinematic corporations, play a crucial role in the socialization of children throughout much of the modern world.


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