Films & Fairytales with James Clarke

Ref: C2228504

This course explores a number of films that adapt and work with the genre of the fairy tale. We will look at films that adapt specific fairy tale texts and we will also look at films that drawing on the fairytale tradition to tell new stories. Our film selections will include sessions about The Red Shoes, Pan's Labyrinth and The Company of Wolves. Each session will comprise two parts: a presentation by the tutor and also an extended opportunity for class discussion and conversation. Each session will be augmented by resources that can be read and viewed before a session.

Course aim

This course explores the connections between the ancient fairy tale tradition and the world of cinema. The course will look at the themes and characters of fairy tales and some of the ways in which cinema has given them new leases of life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Define the fairy tale tradition.
  • Use some of the vocabulary of literary studies and film studies in discussion of fairy tale films.
  • Explain how fairy tales engage with fundamental human concerns; such as the relationship between those with power and those without.
  • Explain how cinema can express cultural concerns.
  • Discuss how fairy tale traditions have inspired 'new' fairy tale films.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You are not required to bring anything to the sessions other than, perhaps, a notepad if you would like to make notes. All course resources will be provided by the course tutor via the Canvas learning platform.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Films & Fairytales with James Clarke

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