London, United Kingdom

Fairy Tales and their Retellings

online course
when 26 July 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2165

Why are fairy tales so popular? Why are the original fairy tales darker than the ones we know? This course will give an introduction to different forms of storytelling, exploring the origins and evolution of fairy tales with a focus on contemporary retellings. A variety of fairy tales will be examined, ranging from ancient myths and medieval storytelling tradition to Disney’s adaptations and TV series such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
The module will introduce students to different literary genres, such as children’s literature (by looking into how children’s novels such as Alice in Wonderland and The Adventures of Pinocchio have been retold) and graphic novel studies. They will learn different approaches of literary analysis, such as comparative criticism and psychoanalysis. The course will include excursions to relevant exhibitions and interactive workshops on storytelling.

Course leader

Dr Georgia Panteli

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

To familiarise students with the practice and methodology of comparative literature. You will become acquainted with the genres of fairy tales, children’s literature, film and graphic novel studies and learn to critically approach and analyse texts with confidence.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 15 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2165: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP : Students are welcome to apply for accommodation at a UCL summer residence.

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