Other Worlds: Exploring Fairy Tale and Myth

Ref: C3742951

We shall cover a number of Fairy Tale groups, but focus particularly on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Bluebeard’; texts for consideration will include short stories, poems and film. For the second half of the course we shall explore the following myths, which continue to fascinate and be relevant to our lives today: Icarus, Odysseus and the Cyclops, the nuanced figure of Medea, and, finally, Oedipus. Both classical dramatic writings and contemporary works will be introduced.

Course aim

To trace the development and significance of fairy tale and myth from their oral beginnings to modernized versions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for anybody who loves to read and discuss literature.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Analyse the themes and different interpretations of Fairy Tales
  • Discuss intelligence, power and transgression in Greek myth
  • Compare and contrast the use of Fairy Tale and Myth in modern and not-so-modern literature

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • There may be some extra reading or internet research suggested by the tutor.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Most texts will be provided or sent by email, although a small number may need to be bought or borrowed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Other Worlds: Exploring Fairy Tale and Myth


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