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Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror? 160 Years Later


She takes on 250 years of European and American intellectual, educational, and cultural history in forty or so pages and feels it necessary to provide thumbnail sketches of subjects from Jean Piaget, to Louise Rosenblatt's reader response theory, to Looney Tunes cartoons, to Jean Jacques Rousseau. [...] there are really only about fifty pages of Chalou's "work" in the volume - the rest is a reprint of an English version of Struwwelpeter (unattributed, and no reason is given why this particular textual version was selected) with illustrations. Where Zipes sees the cause-effect clarity of Struwwelpeter's violence to be "reasonable," for Chalou it is "an area of uncertainty" (37).\n While she accurately describes its amplification of the tale's violence, she seems to miss entirely the parodie brilliance of the stagecraft, which echoes elements as diverse as Kurt Weill, early punk rock, and Federico Fellini. [...] we learn everything we need to know about children's fantasy as a genre in two pages (75-76), one of which is devoted to Alice in Wonderland; everything else that needs to be mentioned - C. S. Lewis, Tolkein, J. K. Rowling - is taken care of in a paragraph.

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