Grimm Pictures: Fairy Tale Archetypes in Eight Horror and Suspense Films

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McFarland, Sep 3, 2015 - Performing Arts - 217 pages
Though Grimm’s Fairy Tales was published about 200 years ago, the revered collection of folk stories remains one of the most iconic pieces of children’s literature and has had significant influence in modern pop culture. This work examines the many ways that recent films have employed archetypal images, themes, symbols, and structural elements that originated in the most well-known Grimm fairy tales. The author draws similarities between the cannibalistic symbolism of the Grimm brothers’ Little Red Cap and the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs and reveals Faustian parallels between Rumpelstiltskin and the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby. Each of eight chapters reveals a similar pairing, and film stills and illustrations are featured throughout the work.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Branding the Grimm Brothers From the Black Forest to the Hollywood Hills
11
The Path of Beast Resistance Little Red Cap and The Silence of the Lambs
17
A Rose by Any Other Name Brier Rose and Scream
40
The Hand That Hawks the Cradle Rapunzel and The Ring
60
The Object of My Reflection Little Snow White and The Talented Mr Ripley
81
Mother of the Pride Cinderella and Aliens
100
The Devil in the Details Rumpelstiltskin and Rosemarys Baby
118
Off the Eaten Path Hansel and Gretel and What Lies Beneath
142
The Writhing on the Wall Mother Holle and Misery
168
Notes
193
Bibliography
203
Index
211
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Walter Rankin is Deputy Associate Dean and an affiliate associate professor of English and German at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He lives in Broadlands, Virginia.

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