French 398. Experimental Courses
Fairy Tales Past and Present
This course takes a comparative approach to the study of the fairy tale, reading French versions of tales in conjunction with similar tale-types from cultures outside of France. We will begin by examining seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French salon culture and its role in shaping the fairy tale as a literary genre before considering similar tale-types across time and geographic space by French and Francophone authors. The course will conclude with a study of twentieth- and twenty-first-century film versions of fairy tales. Over the course of the semester, students will acquire a greater appreciation for the complex history of the fairy tale as a genre and the developments leading to its current role in contemporary culture and society.