‘Unendliche Geschichte’1 Reading Märchen
This chapter examines scholarly views of the Märchen genre and demonstrates that the Märchen is in no sense a timeless form. It argues that our perception of it is formed by a canon biased in favour of masculinist values and shows ways in which some women writers have sought to challenge those values by exploiting the genre's subversive potential. In other words, the chapter sets out the reasons why this study examines not only canonical works but also texts which fall outside the canon, and pays particular attention to texts by women and to texts which do not fit the classical generic mould.
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