Grimm Ripples: The Legacy of the Grimms’ Deutsche Sagen in Northern Europe


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This book sheds new light on the central role of the Grimms’ all too often neglected Deutsche Sagen (German Legends), published in 1816-1818 as a follow up to their famous collection of fairy tales. As the chapters in this book demonstrate, Deutsche Sagen, with its firmly nationalistic title, set in motion a cultural tsunami of folklore collection throughout Northern Europe from Ireland and Estonia, which focused initially on the collection of folk legends rather than fairy tales.

Grimm Ripples focuses on the initial northward wave of collection between 1816 and 1870, and the letters, introductions and reviews associated with these collections which effectively demonstrate how those involved understood what was being collected. This approach offers important new insights into the key role played by Folkloristics in the Romantic Nationalistic movement of the early nineteenth century.

Contributors are: Terry Gunnell, Joep Leerssen, Holger Ehrhardt, Timothy R. Tangherlini, Herleik Baklid, Ane Ohrvik, Line Esborg, Fredrik Skott, John Lindow, Éilís Ní Dhiubhne Almqvist, John Shaw, Jonathan Roper, Kim Simonsen, Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir, Liina Lukas, Pertti Anttonen, Ulrika Wolf-Knuts, and Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch.

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Terry Gunnell is Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland. Author of The Origins of Drama in Scandinavia (1995), he is also co-editor of Málarinn og menningarsköpun: Sigurður Guðmundsson og Kvöldfélagið 1858–1874 (The Painter and Cultural Creation: Sigurður Guðmundsson and the Evening Society 1858–1874) which was nominated for the Icelandic Literature Award in 2017.
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Terry Gunnell

1 Topo-narratives
Joep Leerssen

2 The Grimm Brothers’ Deutsche Sagen: Collection Plan, Sources, Critiques, Reception
Holger Ehrhardt

3 The Accidental Folklorist: Thiele’s Collection of Danish Folk Legends in Early Nineteenth-Century Denmark
Timothy R. Tangherlini

4 “You Can Therefore Rightly See These Folk Legends as a Reflection of Your Own!” The Grimm Brothers and the Norwegian Collector of Folk Legends, Andreas Faye
Herleik Baklid

5 Mapping the Knowledge Network of the Norwegian Folklore Collector Peter Christen Asbjørnsen in the Nineteenth Century
Ane Ohrvik

6 Treue und Wahrheit: Asbjørnsen and Moe and the Scientification of Folklore in Norway
Line Esborg

7 Gunnar Olof Hyltén-Cavallius and the Svenska sägner That Never Appeared
 Terry Gunnell and Fredrik Skott

8 George Stephens: An Unlikely Conduit
John Lindow

9 Pioneers: Thomas Crofton Croker and the Brothers Grimm
Eilís Ní Dhuibhne Almqvist

10 The Grimms, Scotland and “This New Science of ‘Storyology’”
John Shaw

11 Considered Trifles: English Grimmians
Jonathan Roper

12 The Royal Society of Northern Antiquaries and V. U. Hammershaimb’s Collections of Faroese Folk Legends
Kim Simonsen

13 Konrad Maurer: Cultural Conduit and Collector
Rósa Þorsteinsdóttir

14 Jón Árnason and the Collection of Icelandic Folk Legends: Ripples, Flotsam, Nets and Reflections
Terry Gunnell

15 The Grimms and Folklore Collection in Estonia in the Mid-nineteenth Century
Liina Lukas

16 The Grimm Brothers and the Quest for Legends in Nineteenth-Century Finnish Folklore Studies
Pertti Anttonen

17 Oskar Rancken, Swedish-Language Folklore Collection in Finland and the Grimm Ripples
 Ulrika Wolf-Knuts and Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch

This book will be of interest to scholars, students (both undergraduate and post graduate) and others interested in folklore, folkloristics, cultural history, comparative literature, art, and drama, Scandinavian studies, and Nordic languages and literature.
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