Fairy Tales
(First-Year Writing)


“There are no new stories. There are only new ways to tell them.”


Course description: A trend in pop culture recently has been the retelling of fairy tales. We’ve seen it in Disney’s nearly century old tale of Snow White, their recent retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” as Queen Elsa in Frozen, and in ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm. In this course, students will read the original versions of several well-known fairy tales, discuss them in their original context, write reading responses, and then compare them to modern-day versions. We will discuss what the evolution of these tales says about the society in which they were/are told.

Fairy tale characters to be familiar with: Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose, Rumplestiltskin, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, The Snow Queen, the Little Match Girl

Required texts: 
Fairy Tales: Brothers Grimm (BG) 
Complete Works of Hans Christian Anderson (HCA) 
The Curious Researcher (CR)


Taught at Belmont University, 2014