London, United Kingdom

Fairy Tales and their Retellings

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

Why are fairy tales so popular? Why are the original fairy tales darker than the ones we know? This course will give an introduction to different forms of storytelling, exploring the origins and evolution of fairy tales with a focus on contemporary retellings. A variety of fairy tales will be examined, ranging from ancient myths and medieval storytelling tradition to Disney’s adaptations and TV series such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
The module will introduce students to different literary genres, such as children’s literature (by looking into how children’s novels such as Alice in Wonderland and The Adventures of Pinocchio have been retold) and graphic novel studies. They will learn different approaches of literary analysis, such as comparative criticism and psychoanalysis. The course will include excursions to relevant exhibitions and interactive workshops on storytelling.

Course leader

Dr Georgia Panteli received her PhD in Comparative Literature at UCL CMII, SELCS. She has taught for the MA of Comparative Literature and the BA of Italian Studies at UCL, as well as at Chapman University, California. Her main research interests are postm

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

To familiarise students with the practice and methodology of comparative literature. You will become acquainted with the genres of fairy tales, children’s literature, film and graphic novel studies and learn to critically approach and analyse texts with confidence.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: Accommodation (optional) will coast £1100 per 3-week Session