Fairy Tales, Revisited: Ecologies, Adaptations, Decolonizations
This course explores the histories, adaptations, and critical reevaluations of fairy tales and folk tales. Paying particular attention to the environmental cultures and values of these tales and their adaptations, topics will include enchanted forests; folk-lore, plant-lore, and animal-lore; convivial (and not so convivial) human-animal relations; and hybrid nature-cultures. Critical perspectives on our primary readings are drawn from readings in adaptation studies, gender studies, queer theory, and postcolonial studies. Readings are in English and drawn from sources including German tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and Coast Salish stories collected by Vi Hilbert, transcultural retellings and multicultural recastings of folkloric legacies, as well as Disney and other pop culture adaptations. English is the language of instruction and course readings.