Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror?: 160 Years Later Barbara Smith Chalou

ISBN: 9780739116630

Published: December 1st 2006

Hardcover

99 pages


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Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror?: 160 Years Later  by  Barbara Smith Chalou

Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror?: 160 Years Later by Barbara Smith Chalou
December 1st 2006 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 99 pages | ISBN: 9780739116630 | 8.69 Mb

A recent upsurge in interest in Der Struwwelpeter, written by Heinrich Hoffman has initiated a new wave of spin-offs, parodies, and retellings of these immensely popular stories. Hoffmans style, which is instructive and moralistic, coupled with the sadistic content of his works lend a unique quality to the stories that we dont see in contemporary childrens literature. Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror? is a critical analysis of the now infamous Struwwelpeter stories. While Hoffman intended his depictions of amputated limbs and burning children to be humorous and to warn children against misbehavior, some find the punishments can be excessively vicious.

Looking beyond the history of child rearing practices and childrens literature, Barbara Smith Chalou considers the socio-historic context in which the book was written and makes comparisons to contemporary childrens fare that is similarly violent, but intended to be humorous.



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