The Queen's Mirror: Fairy Tales by German Women, 1780-1900

By Shawn C. Jarvis; Jeannine Blackwell | Go to book overview

Henriette Kühne-Harkort
1822–1894

Almost nothing is known about Henriette Kühne-Harkort’s life other than that she was the daughter of an engineer and soldier of fortune who immigrated to America and that she married Friedrich Gustav Kühne in 1841. Kühne-Harkort was the author of a small oeuvre of children’s literature; a list of her publications suggests that she used the canonical fairy tales of Romantic authors (the Grimms, Johann Karl August Musäus, Wilhelm Hauff, and Richard Leander) as the basis for numerous reworkings. Her works, with titles like Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Undine, consist mainly of puppet plays and children’s plays designed for performance at home or school.

Kühne-Harkort’s play Snow White, based on Musäus’s “Richilde,” with “tips and instructions for staging and production,” grew out of the tradition of the fairy tale play as part of the salon culture. The work presented here is a clear example of the kinds of fairy tale plays popularized by the Kindergarten movement in Germany, where the memorization of parts and the performance became an integral part of the child’s education. What is especially interesting about this version of the Grimms’ classic tale is Kühne-Harkort’s treatment of the dwarfs. Although she lists seven in the cast of characters, she actually has eight dwarfs bearing names of various minerals and elements; their lines explain the natural world to the performers and audience. In addition, her version also noticeably lacks the original’s horrific punishment of the queen (here a countess). Besides naming the dwarfs long before Walt Disney gave life to Dopey and Sleepy, Kühne-Harkort’s piece develops clear personalities for the various characters. Her work also suggests that adapters of fairy tales were already toning down the more brutal elements of the Grimms’ tales for younger audiences long before the educational reform movements of the twentieth century.

Other interesting versions of Snow White to read with the piece include “Snow White” from the Merseyside Fairy Story Collective (1972, in Zipes,

-299-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Queen's Mirror: Fairy Tales by German Women, 1780-1900
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • European Women Writers Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction - The Historical Context of German Women’s Fairy Tales 1
  • Prologue - The Ghost Lady 1853 11
  • Catherine II, Empress of Russia (Known as Catherine the Great) 1729–1796 15
  • The Tale of Fewei 1784 17
  • Ludovica Brentano Jordis 1787–1854 27
  • The Lion and the Frog 1792/1793; 1814 29
  • Benedikte Naubert 1756–1819 33
  • Boadicea and Velleda 1795 35
  • Sophie Tieck Bernhardi Von Knorring 1755–1833 75
  • Sophie Tieck the Old Man in the Cave 1800 77
  • Anonymous 89
  • Anonymous the Giants’ Forest 1801 91
  • Karoline Von Günderrode 1780–1806 103
  • Temora 1804 105
  • Bettina Von Arnim 1785–1859 111
  • The Queen’s Son 1808 113
  • Amalie Von Helwig 1776–1831 117
  • The Symbols 1814 119
  • Anna Von Haxthausen 1801–1877 127
  • The Rescued Princess 1818 129
  • Karoline Stahl 1776–1837 133
  • The Godmothers 1818 135
  • Amalie Schoppe 1791–1858 141
  • The Kind and Diligent Housewife 1828 143
  • Agnes Franz 1794–1843 165
  • Princess Rosalieb a Fairy Tale 1841 167
  • Fanny Lewald 1811–1889 183
  • A Modern Fairy Tale 1841 185
  • Louise Dittmar 1807–1884 195
  • Tale of the Monkeys 1845 197
  • Sophie Von Baudissin 1813–1894 201
  • The Doll Institute 1849 203
  • Gisela Von Arnim 1827–1889 207
  • The Nasty Little Pea Ca. 1845 209
  • About the Hamster Ca. 1853 211
  • Marie Von Olfers 1826–1924 215
  • Little Princess 1862 217
  • Marie Timme 1830–1895 225
  • The King’s Child 1867 227
  • Elisabeth Ebeling 1828–1905 241
  • Black and White a Fairy Tale 1869 243
  • Hedwig Dohm 1833–1919 259
  • The Fragrance of Flowers 1870 261
  • Marie, Freifrau Von Ebner-Eschenbach 1830–1916 271
  • The Princess of Banalia 1872 273
  • Henriette Kühne-Harkort 1822–1894 299
  • Snow White Freely Adapted from the Grimms 1877 301
  • Elisabeth of Rumania 1843–1916 325
  • Furnica, or the Queen of the Ants 1883 327
  • Anonymous 335
  • The Red Flower 1893 337
  • Ricarda Huch 1864–1947 351
  • Pack of Lies 1896 353
  • Epilogue- Wedding Day 1853 359
  • Afterword from the Cradle to the Grave Reading These Tales 361
  • Bibliography 369
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 374

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.