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ERIC Number: EJ1297484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1756-1221
When the Mirror Starts to Sing: Teaching German with "Märchen" in Music Videos
Schwabe, Claudia
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v54 n1 p20-37 Spr 2021
German fairy tales have an established history of appropriation in popular media, from oral traditions to mobile media. The mimetic quality of fairy-tale motifs and tropes provides ideal conditions for intertextual adaptation. In this article, I demonstrate that German fairy-tale themed music videos are powerful vehicles for culture, parody, and subversion that can be utilized as rich teaching tools in the German classroom. Artists using the German language draw on the genre of the fairy tale in their music videos in innovative and humorous ways for social critique and commentary, but they also resort to the form of the meta-fairy tale to question the pedagogical values of the Grimms' fairy tales.
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Language: English
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