The Fairy Tale and Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Fairy Tale & Literature
Fall 2022
Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman
Section: A

CRN: 14074

Credits: 4

Adults need erotic literature just as children need fairy tales, according to Havelock Ellis. Yet fairy tales themselves have an erotic and adult history. Why do children need them? What do they mean? How do they fill our collective imagination with remnants of ancient history? This course surveys a number of recent approaches to the European fairy tale. We begin by looking for common narrative functions in a set of stories. Next we examine the fairy tale as a genre with a history through multiple versions of the story of Cinderella. We also compare fairy tales with short stories by Hoffmann and Poe and consider feminist approaches to the classic tales. Students read tales by Charles Perrault, Mme. d’Aulnoy, Mlle. de La Force, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Angela Carter and essays by Vladimir Propp, Jack Zipes, Sigmund Freud, and Maria Tatar.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:30am EST 2/5/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 263
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022