SWGS S-1421 When The Princess Saves Herself: Gender and Retold Fairy Tales

7-week session | CRN 32843

Folklore has an enduring appeal in cultures across the world—so enduring that authors, filmmakers, and storytellers revisit and reinvent the stories we all know again and again. Folk stories are retold in ways that suit our current sensibilities, and folk process—how we each retell, change, and keep folklore a living thing—is found nowhere more strongly than in the portrayal of men and women in fairy tales. This course introduces students to the study of male and female roles in traditional folk and fairy tales. Students study folklore, the ways we folk process reinterpretations of gender roles in folktales, and various ways of understanding folktales. Students read a wide variety of folk and fairy tales, and modern adaptations of the fairy tale.

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Class meetings

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Lamont Library 240

Start date

Tuesday, June 26


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 20 students
  • Current enrollment: 19
  • Availability: Filling
  • Faculty

    Keridwen N. Luis, PhD.

    Lecturer on Sociology and Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University

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