(1/5/02 8:37:00 am)
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My friend this is a big topic in general. Best place to start is www.endicott-studio.com. This site, developed by editor, writer and artist Terri Windling (and frequent contributer to this board) offers in the "Forum" a list of reprinted articles by herself and other authors on fairy tales (many of the tales taken from the Grimms collections). Most of these articles trace the history of the tales--from their European origins to their modern interpretations. There are more than Grimms takes found in these articles, and they are written in a more popular rather than standard academic style, but there is a lot of great information that will help you refine your particular interest. For instance, it might be better to trace a single tale from Grimms rather than a general collection of tales--
Also if you know which tale from Grimms appeals to you, I can bet you will find a discussion of it--both in its traditional versions and modern versions on this board--check the archived discussions, as our webmistress Heidi has made it possible to read the thread subjects. Finally, down the board abit, I know there was a thread on "modern interpretations"--glance through it and there might be one or two specifically Grimms tales in that discussion.
Also this site: Surlalune--if you go to the home page you may find tons of information about the different variants of the tales, and also new versions being written and published even as we speak.
You may try www.langlab.wayne.edu/Mar...Tales.html
This is the home page for an excellent academic journal "Marvels and Tales, Journal of Fairy Tales" (my apologies Don if I have this title not quite right!). Again, you may be able to find information for the history of a *specific* tale in Grimms collection.
Last, try looking at the work of Jack Zipes--he's done the mos recent translation of the Grimms and has many articles about the tales that you might find useful.