The University of Newcastle, Australia

Fairy Tales: Meanings, Messages, and Morals

1 Apr 2020 from 12:00am - 22 Apr 2020 until 12:00am

Location: Free online short course |

Duration: 3 Weeks  | Effort: 2-3 hours per week |

Cost: FREE - Certificate for US$49  | Subject: Literature |

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About this course

On this course, you will look deeper into the enchanting and surprisingly dark themes of several well-known European fairy tales.

What were the authors thinking? What were the cultural and personal concerns that have shaped these stories? What are the readers being asked to believe?

By considering the historical context of fairy tales and examining the characters, styles, and plots, you will discover that the intended morals of the original stories may not be exactly what you first thought.

What topics will you cover?

  • Demonstrate close acquaintance with three fairy tales
  • Explain the difference of cultural contexts in shaping fairy tales
  • Interpret narratives at basic level.

What you'll achieve

Week 1: Reading "Little Red Riding Hood"

Week 2: The Idea of Beauty

Week 3: The Enigma of "Blue Beard"

Meet the instructors

Associate Professor Caroline Webb

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