Terrors of Childhood in Grimms' Fairy Tales (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #53) (Paperback)

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This is book number 53 in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series.


Questioning culturally predetermined consolidations of childhood experience, this study focuses on memory and affect on the verge of linguistic formulation. Fairy tale plots frequently function as cover-ups of a deeply rooted violence that expresses itself through sensibilities of the skin and in presymbolically charged cataclysms. In a narrative border zone, early linguistic and psychic events reemerge with primordial force. Split into seemingly irreconcilable opposites, good and evil engage in warfare with each other; cannibalism and infanticide take hold of family life. Four tales are presented here as related in 1857 by the Brothers Grimm, along with new translations. Through in-depth readings of these intricately interpersonal texts, this inquiry explores a frightful silence.

About the Author

The Author: W. G. Kudszus is Professor of German Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds advanced degrees in clinical psychology and in German. His numerous books and articles focus on poetry, twentieth-century prose, literature and schizophrenia, the theory of translation, and psychoanalysis. He has been a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Merton Research Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Mainz, Germany. His most recent book is Poetic Process (1995).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820456553
ISBN-10: 0820456551
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: September 29th, 2005
Pages: 149
Language: English
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics