The Fairy Tale in Contemporary Literature
FYS 041, CRN 6978
“You need not even have any conscious interest in fairy tales to appreciate their effect on you,” writes Kate Bernheimer. “Fairy tales work on all of us; they’re so ubiquitous.”
This course will explore classic fairy tales and fairy-tale form in contemporary literature. We will study the evolution of the fairy tale and its comeback in this cultural moment by examining a few stories in depth, reading original versions, their revisions, plus modern adaptations and interpretations. We will record responses to reading and discussion in journals, develop ideas in short analytical essays and write one longer research paper. Finally, we will write our own fairy tales and consider how fairy-tale elements make their way into our writing and take hold of our imagination.