603-103-MQ, Very Scary Fairy Tales
The idea that fairy tales are for children or are somehow "innocent" is a fairly recent development. Fairy tales often articulate the extreme experiences of human emotion, and several of the stories that we will be looking at deal frankly and explicitly with sex, murder, child abuse, rape, and other "adult" topics. Princesses and princes, frogs and wolves, witches and goblins have their place in every culture. Fairy tales transcend boundaries of language, space, and time to convey motifs and morals that speak to every society. We will discuss the evolution of popular folk and fairy tales, the ways they are incorporated into mass culture, their role in the socialization of the young, and their subversive potential as a means to raise important questions about social and political issues such as race, class and gender, all through a dark and macabre lens.