Tuesday, November 15, 2011

class and fantasy: Snow White

Just came across this, from Snow White, which might be fun to research: "There is another Brothers Grimm tale called Snow White and Rose Red which also includes a character called Snow White. However, this Snow White is a completely separate character from the one found in this tale. The original German names are also different: Schneewittchen and Schneeweißchen. There is actually no difference in the meaning (both mean "snow white"), but the first name is more influenced by the dialects of Low Saxon while the second one is the standard German version, demonstrating a class difference between the two Snow Whites."

2 comments:

  1. I grew up with Grimm's Fairy Tales in the non-Disneyfied version and Schneeweißchen, sister of Rosenrot, and Schneewittchen a.k.a. Snow White have always been distinct characters to me. They even look different, at least to me, because I drew a lot of fairytale characters as a child.

    I've always liked Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot a.k.a. Snow White and Rose Red and actually prefer it to the more famous Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. And it's well known that the Grimms collected fairy tales from different parts of Germany (though there was no such thing as Germany back then). Some tales are even printed in dialect to this day, such as the infamously gruesome Von dem Machandelboom (The Juniper Tree) which is printed in lower German.

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  2. Bill Willingham "Fables" has a clever way of uniting the lower class peasant Snow White and the upper class Princess Snow White (which I won't spoil for those who haven't read it yet.)

    "Fables" is a piker, though, compared to the dizzying juggling act Sherri S. Tepper pulls off in "Beauty", where she manages to combine Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White* all in the same family, thanks to magic and time travel. Whoa!

    *Not to mention Harlan Ellison's "Demon With A Glass Hand".

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