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?” How are they related to myths, if they are?
In our freshmen seminar and on this site, we will explore how fairy and folk tales captivate our imaginations, their history, their meaning and the many ways that scholars have attempted to “tame” them and unpack their influence on us. Welcome!
What fascinates you most about these kinds of tales?