Discover the fascinating circumstances and meanings behind fairy tales
On this course, you will look deeper into the enchanting and surprisingly dark themes of several well-known European fairy tales.
What were the authors thinking? What were the cultural and personal concerns that have shaped these stories? What are the readers being asked to believe?
By considering the historical context of fairy tales and examining the characters, styles, and plots, you will discover that the intended morals of the original stories may not be exactly what you first thought.
What topics will you cover?
- Exploring fairy tales
- Interpreting literary narratives
- Cultural context in literature
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Demonstrate close acquaintance with three famous fairy tales.
- Explain the significance of cultural contexts in shaping fairy tales.
- Interpret narratives at basic level.
Who is the course for?
Recommended for learners age 15+
This course is for anyone interested in fairy tales and literary analysis, including reading enthusiasts, storytellers, and creative writers.
Who developed the course?
The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 197th in the world (QS rankings, 2021).
- LocationNewcastle, Australia
- World rankingTop 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021
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