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Welcome to the SJC Freshman Seminar on Fairy and Folk Tales

We all recall the fairy tales that entranced us when we were young… and maybe still do.  Before they were called “fairy tales,” they were folk tales.  Where do fairy tales come from?  What makes a story a “fairy tale?” … Continue reading

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Illustrating fairy tales

There are a myriad of visualizations of fairy tales, beyond the iconic movie images from the Walt Disney studios.  Exploring how image captures story–or a moment in the story–invites the reader/viewer to situate themselves within.  

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Cinderella- the eternal desire to be other

This week’s project we are going to take a look at some modern day renderings of the Cinderella story.  I invite each of you find a movie that mimics the story but with, of course a twist. Post a trailer … Continue reading

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Mapping Fairy Tales

Atlas Obscura, one of my favorite drop-in sites, has a post on a wonderful map about fairy tale people.  Visit their site for more details. Where might you set a fairy tale in a present day location?

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Once upon a time…

Many fairy tales capture our attention as they begin with “Once upon a time…”  We settle back and prepare ourselves to take a journey into another place and time.  And so… what journey will you take?  Use this image to … Continue reading

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Welcome to the world of fairy tales

Fairy Tales are both completely familiar and mysteriously alien.  Most of us grow up hearing the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and there are many films and TV shows which can capitalized on … Continue reading

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Types of Fairies

We all tend to think of Tinkerbell as the quintessential fairy but in fact there are many types and kinds.   Here is a list compiled by Nicole Canfield who has apparently done her research. Alven, Ashrays, Avalon,  Ballybog, Banshee, Brownie, … Continue reading

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