Submission Date


Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access


Modern Languages (German)


Robin Clouser

Committee Member

Benita Luttcher-Hoorfar

Committee Member

Ryan Walvoord

Department Chair

Matthew Mizenko

Project Description

Three well-known authors from late 18th and early 19th-century Germany are the Brothers Grimm and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Brothers Grimm are known for their collection of fairy tales, while Goethe is known for three fairy tales, four novels, plays, and poetry. However, in all the works discussed here there are clear and distinct views of nature. The works by these authors use natural elements in both negative and positive ways, typically as a way to contrast the natural and human worlds. This project aims to compare the uses of nature in the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, and in several poems and "Novelle," a late masterwork by Goethe, three authors of the same time period.