Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A15. The Monstrous and the Marvelous: German Fairy Tales and Folklore

This course is an introduction to German culture and history through the perspectives offered by fairy tales and folklore. During the semester, we will examine the role of folktales, fables, and fairy tales in cultural, socio-political, as well as economic contexts. In so doing, we will identify the main structural components of German fairy tale narratives and investigate their influences in children’s psychological development and traditional gender roles, as well as the means by which fairy tale and folk motifs are transferred to other media.

Tessa C. LeeTessa C. Lee
Associate Professor of German