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Aschenputtel: A Grimm tale

In this post, we find Cinderella, or Aschenputtel, in German folklore! You can find all my posts related to Cinderella at Introducing Cinderella. Jacob (1785 – 1863) and Wilhelm (1786 – 1859) Grimm, sometimes known as The Brothers Grimm, compiled their collection of fairy tales for an initial publication in 1812. Although more than a… Continue reading Aschenputtel: A Grimm tale

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Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Did Jane Austen write a story about Cinderella? Well, not exactly; but I love connecting two of my favorite topics together! Arguably, all of Austen’s most popular works have at least one Cinderella element in them: every heroine marries a man of greater wealth. Although not always her social superior, the male lead is often… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

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Silhouette of a Fairy Tale

Cinderella has inspired the creativity of countless writers, artists, producers, and others. Fairytale adaptations and art are created using all sorts of different mediums – even paper cutting! In the early days of stop-motion photography, paper-cut figures were used to create cutout animation movies. Charlotte Reiniger (1899-1981) was a German animation pioneer in the nascent… Continue reading Silhouette of a Fairy Tale

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Into the Music

Be careful what you wish for… As far as fairytale mashups go, you can’t get a more thorough entanglement than Into the Woods. The recent Disney movie brought Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack of beanstalk fame, and Rapunzel to the big screen, along with a baker whose story ties the other tales together. I watched… Continue reading Into the Music

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Rosy Rhodopis

Happy New Year! It’s January: a time of new beginnings and fresh starts! What about Cinderella? What’s her beginning? I’ve traced Cinderella to her earliest known source – in Egypt! Even older than the Chinese versions, the Cinderella character began as a Greek slave in the story of Rhodopis. Dating from the first century BC,… Continue reading Rosy Rhodopis