From Grimm to Disney, ancient myths to Perrault, what are fairy tales and why are they important in our lives? Why are folktales different in each culture? What makes a legend? We will discuss these questions and so much more, including a whole cache of unknown tales discovered by accident recently in a German municipal town archive.
Required texts: Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale, Marina Warner; Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales, Angela Carter
This seminar-style course has limited enrollment to allow small group discussion.
This course is offered with the generous support of the Association for Continuing Education (ACE).