This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer The Story of Grimms' Fairy Tales Evening Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Code: 1J0123 Location: This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Resize text Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto In 1812 in Germany, brothers and literary scholars Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published a collection of 86 folktales, Kinder und Hausmärchen, known in English as Grimms Fairy Tales. A major source of the brothers’ inspiration was the Romantic nationalism sweeping over a still-unified Germany. They believed a country’s folk tales were a valuable reflection of its culture—and could therefore be helpful in nation building. Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman share the surprising history of the Grimms’ collection, from its connection to the early field of folkloristics—and that it might not be quite as "authentic" as the brothers wanted people to believe—to its literary impact on authors such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Neil Gaiman, to its use in propaganda in support of dangerous political ideologies. Their insights into how these tales—too often dismissed as simple children's stories—have profoundly shaped Western culture will stay with you ever after. Cleto and Warman are former instructors of folklore and literature at Ohio State University and co-founders of the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.