30 Nov 2016

mtvessel: (Default)
Jan 2016
The Turnip Princess - Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, tr. Erika Eichenseer - Penguin Books, 2015

* * *
Here is an interesting thing: a collection of fairy tales recorded in the early nineteenth century and only recently rediscovered in a municipal archive in Regensberg. They were collected by von Schönwerth a couple of hundred miles away from the area around Marburg where the Brothers Grimm worked. It is therefore hardly surprising that some of the tales seem distinctly familiar - Ashfeathers, for example, is essentially Cinderella dialled down a social notch, with an innkeeper father, a nobleman lover rather than a prince, a dwarf in place of the fairy godmother and dressing up for church replacing going to the ball. Many of the other stories are variations on the old theme of a prince or princess transformed by a spell, but it is interesting to see the imaginative inventiveness of the whimsical details that the different tellers came up with. The title story, for example, concerns a prince who more-or-less inadvertently breaks a curse by sticking a blackthorn branch into a turnip in a field.
Read more... )

Profile

mtvessel: (Default)
mtvessel

July 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2 345678
9101112131415
16 171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated 27 Jul 2017 08:48 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios