This workshop will delve into the mystical world of fairy tales and how they´ve changed through the ages to adapt to new generations. It will explore how their characters, setting, plot and symbolism impart their wisdom.
It will focus on the character of Little Red Riding Hood from a transtextual perspective (Genette, 1982) and critically analyze how, although the cautionary tale style is preserved in all versions of the tale, postmodernism has incorporated its powerful, feminist perspective into the story.
This session aims at recovering the true value of fairy tales and how they have used imagery to interpret everyday experiences since the beginning of time. It will explore the way in which they become alive, growing, changing and mutating across time, and how from every one of their versions, we can extract meaning true to our own experience as humans of all ages.
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Grimm, J., Grimm, W., Zipes, J., & Gruelle, J. (1988). The complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Toronto: Bantam
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