ENGL 109

The Origins of Fairy Tales

Magic mirrors, sleeping thorns, elves, ogres, and talking animals - though commonplace in modern animated films and children’s stories, the trappings of fairy tales find many of their roots in the medieval imagination. This course will explore fairy stories from medieval Celtic and Germanic literatures, investigating the cultural beliefs that inspired them and tracing their development and enduring popularity into the modern era. Offered alternate years. FYW, III.W, V.2