n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Vergleichende Analyse zu Rechtsvorstellungen in einigen westafrikanischen und deutschen Märchen der Brüder Grimm

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



By examining and comparing selected German and West African fairy tales, this paper investigates how judicial processes are dealt with in these oral narratives. The focus lies on the judicial processes, on the subjective and objective judgments often passed by kings or even by animals as representatives of the law. Questions of jurisdiction and of justice, however, are evaluated differently in fairy tales, thereby highlighting parallels and differences between Western and African oral narrative traditions.

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