Something Wicked This Way Comes

with Maria Tatar
Friday, April 3, 2020

4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Fairy tales play a revealing role in any culture. We’ll explore how two particularly symbolic tales, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood, have resonated over time and proved endlessly malleable. Each can mean one thing to peasants huddled around the hearth but something quite different for us today—Snow White sheltering in place, the wolf a virus lurking in the wood.

Maria Tatar is professor emerita at Harvard University. Her many books include Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood and Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood. She is the editor and translator of The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales, The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition, The Grimm Reader, Annotated African American Folktales, and Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales about Animal Brides and Animal Grooms. The Fairest of Them All: Snow White and 21 Tales of Mothers and Daughters will be published in April 2020.

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