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November 22, 2022


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This course takes a deep look at a big subject. We ask where Fairy Tales come from and we examine the structure of Fairy Tales.

We’ll also look at how Fairy Tales are conditioned by oral transmission and inherited story-telling techniques.

Course Curriculum

  • Ellis and the Grimms; German nationalism; folk tradition; oral and written culture Unlimited
  • ‘Ossian’, James Macpherson, and the Antiquity of Oral Tradition Unlimited
  • Key stories from Maria Tatar’s The Classic Fairy Tales Unlimited
  • Albert B. Lord, The Singer of Tales Unlimited
  • Lizanne Henderson and Edward J. Cowan, Scottish Fairy Belief Unlimited
  • W. Y. Evans–Wentz, The Fairy–Faith in Celtic Countries Unlimited
  • Calvin S. Hall and Vernon J. Nordby, A Primer of Jungian Psychology Unlimited
  • Carl G. Jung, Man and His Symbols Unlimited
  • Marie–Louise von Franz, The Interpretation of Fairy Tales Unlimited
  • Christa Kamenetsky, Unlimited
  • George L. Mosse, Unlimited
  • Summary of Christa Kamenetsky’s Argument Unlimited
  • Jack Zipes, The Enchanted Screen—The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films Unlimited
  • Jack Zipes, Irresistable Fairy Tale Unlimited
  • Jack Zipes, When Dreams Came True: Classical Fairy Tales and Their Tradition Unlimited
  • Angela Carter—A Brief Guide to Non–Featured Stories Unlimited
  • Robert Graves, The White Goddess—A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth Unlimited
  • Liz Lochhead Reading Guide Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology