what to wear when…in an anti-fairy tale.
examples: the poor boy in the grave (der unglückliche junge im grab), der fischer und seine frau (the fisherman and his wife), wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the west
the term “anti-fairy tale” was first used in german as antimärchen by andré jolles in 1929 as a designation for fairy tales that have a tragic rather than the normal happy ending…even the most positive fairy tales have aspects of an anti-fairy tale if one applies the concept to the negative hero or antihero in such tales. the story of the stepmother in snow white, for example, would be an anti-fairy tale of sorts, since she is shown to be an utterly evil person who finds her cruel and final punishment in the end. seen in this light, one could consider such literary fairy tales as ludwig tieck’s der blonde eckbert (eckbert the blond, 1797) or some of franz kafka’s short stories or fables as approximating the idea of an anti-fairy tale. however, the term has also been used to refer to modern literary reworkings of fairy tales that stress the more negative scenes or motifs, since they appear to be more realistic reflections of the problems of modern society…some of these texts and illustrations are indeed grim reactions to the traditional grimm fairy tales, contrasting the perfect world of the fairy tale with sociopolitical issues, marital problems, and economic worries. and yet, fairy tales and anti-fairy tales complement each other as traditional and innovative signs of the human condition.
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