• Yours, Mine, or Ours? Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and the Ownership of Fairy Tales

    Author(s):
    Donald Paul Haase (see profile)
    Date:
    1993
    Group(s):
    GS Folklore, Myth, and Fairy Tale
    Subject(s):
    Folklore studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Fairy tales, folktales, reception, Appropriation, Ownership
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6JM4T
    Abstract:
    Fairy tales are often described in proprietary terms. Because the myth of their origin among the anonymous folk is so strong, the general tendency in both popular and scholarly discourse is to conceive of fairy tales as either the common property of all humanity or the treasures of specific cultures, nations, or ethnic groups. Since the publication of the Grimms' collection and the advent of copyrights laws, the idea of fairy tales as unique, protected individual possessions has emerged. This essays explores the implications these views have on the utilization of fairy tales and proposes a view of ownership that relies on the autonomy of individual reception.
    Notes:
    Article, in slightly abridged form, reprinted in The Classic Fairy Tales, ed. Maria Tatar (New York: Norton, 1999) 353-364.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Journal:
    Merveilles & contes
    Volume:
    7
    Start Page:
    383
    End Page:
    402
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 weeks ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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