(2/12/07 9:59 pm)
"Quest" tales (Brothers Grimm)
Hello, I was wondering if there has been any writing on the "quest" form of fairy tales, particularly in relation to the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Is there a distinct classification of "quest" fairy tales, and if so, could anybody direct me to any scholarly body of work that discusses this classification? Going along with this, are there any specific elements that you think comprise "quest" tales or differentiate them from other fairy tales, and furthermore, are there any specific Brothers Grimm fairy tales that you find to embody these elements?
I am particularly interested in how a quest lends itself to be read as a developmental "coming of age" story, but is conceived of in very systematic terms--a "task" is completed, and the completion of that external task ensures an abstract ideal--happiness, or love, or what have you. Should I look into psychoanalytic accounts of fairy tale studies (Bruno Bettelheim and the like)?
Thank you for your time!