Monday, November 9, 2020

Artful Journeys: Oddly Modern Fairy Tale Series Program (6 Weekly Live Online Lectures & Discussions with Prof. Jack Zipes)

The Forgotten by Ray Ceasar

NOTE: This awesome program actually began last week, on November 3, and is continuing for six weeks. Our Editor, Gypsy Thornton, learned of it just as the first session was getting underway and quickly joined in mid-discussion, as she's a HUGE fan of the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series. Having jumped in at the deep end of the first session she happily recommends this special program! If you're familiar with the fairy tale collection series published by Princeton University Press, that's a plus, but you will get a lot from it if you're not, and each week, PDFs of a selection of tales are sent to participants ahead of time so everyone can get up to speed without having to purchase the book and read it all that week.

The next session is TOMORROW, so sign up today so you don't miss out on hearing about Fairy tales written in the French Decadent tradition in the late 1800s, and being part of a stimulating discussion. (The original cover above remains our favorite - we love this collection of crazy, decadent tales!)

Artful Journeys is actually an Arts Education program set up to take people on a special art-based travel tour, to see amazing art, and to participate in artful experiences -in person- around the world. With the pandemic locking everyone down, and travel being put on hold, Director Joan Hill looked to continue the Arts Education programs in a different way by developing Armchair Journeys, that anyone can join online. She had been wanting to focus on a theme of fairy tales for some time, and with everyone stuck at home, she contacted highly respected fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes and asked if he might be interested. He immediately proposed a program based on the Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series of books for which he is the Series Editor and this unique lecture-with-discussion series was born. Opportunities like this are rarely accessible to people who aren't local to wherever the speaker will be, so this is a special opportunity to hear - and meet - Professor Zipes, along with other fairy tale enthusiasts.

From the promotional material:

Jack (Zipes), will take us on another Armchair Journey, not through castles and turrets, but on a more modern, recognizable path full of mean-spirited bullying; "saucy, angry and capricious" persons from late 19th century France; political tales for social equality; subversive German Dadaism; and Hungarian persona with transcendent powers. The series will end on a return to more familiar children's stories but retold to mesh into our reality. 

Oddly Modern Fairy Tales is a series dedicated to publishing unusual literary fairy tales produced mainly during the first half of the twentieth century. International in scope, the series includes new translations, surprising and unexpected tales by well-known writers and artists, and uncanny stories by gifted yet neglected authors. Postmodern before their time, the tales in Oddly Modern Fairy Tales transformed the genre and still strike a chord. 



November 3–Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men: Political Fairy Tales of Édouard Laboulaye (a recording of the session was made and access may be available on request. Please contact Joan Hill with this special request if you are interested.)


November 10–Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned: Enchanted Stories in the French Decadent Tradition


November 17–Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales by Kurt Schwitters


November 24–The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales by Hermynia zur Mühlen


December 1–The Cloak of Dreams: Chinese FairyTales by Béla Balázs


December 4, 11 am EST/8 am PST/4 pm UKOld Tales Told Again by Walter de la Mare


*Schedule is subject to change.

Tuesdays, 11 am EST/8 am PST
November 3–December 4, 2020*
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $10 per session, $50 for series

Ages: 15+

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