(7/28/03 3:40 pm)
the fairytale is all around, breathing|
Hello- Iíve been browsing through these postings, and been impressed with the depth of the post-ersí knowledge, and of all the things Iíve never read or heard of! When I was little- I was born in the 70ís- the most important books in my life were Díaulaireís Greek Myths, Faeries, and a collection called Tales from Times Past, and Iíve never stopped loving and seeking out tales of all kinds since. Iím curious about others who share this fascination; my question- and sorry if this has been explored before- is, would anyone care to share how they went about studying the fairytale? I toyed with going back to school, or at least trying a course online, but I didnít find anything I could pursue right now. Iím a librarian, so books are easy for me to access. Thank you very much for taking the time- and if no one does, thanks for sharing all of your other thoughts on the board!
(7/28/03 4:44 pm)
I don't know if others here actually took the subject in university or not, and I'm not sure there are many classes in fairy tales. Maybe some social anthropologists and literature majors here. I have taken a class on myth here and one on children's lit there (the teacher I had was into some of the more "radical" views on fairy tales so I got those early on-this was in the '70's) but no course of study. Mostly I started out reading fantasy and was diverted into reading the Dover fairy tale series (Red, Yellow, Brown, Green, etc. Fairy Tale books) and then Uses of Enchantment, Zipes, et. al. One thing leads to another. The internet is a vast resource, including the site this messageboard links from. Anyway, that's my story...
(7/28/03 10:38 pm)
There are classes and programs in which you can take classes about fairy tales and folklore. Usually they are in folklore or children's literature programs, but some of the best known scholars teach in language departments, such as Jack Zipes in German at University of Minnesota and Maria Tatar in German at Harvard. Then there's Kay Vandergrift, Nancy Canepa, Marina Warner, and the list continues. Storytelling and psychology classes also delve into this realm.
I myself only took courses in children's literature as an undergraduate, one which focused on fairy tales exclusively. I, too, am a librarian by day which gave me the skills to become more of an insatiable researcher than before my M.I.S. My research projects and open topic assignments often leaned in this direction. SurLaLune grew from my basic HTML class in grad school. And grew, and grew, and grew....
A formal education is quite possible in this field, but so is an
informal one. The bibliographies on SurLaLune provide some important
reading lists for further study. Conferences are also available
to attend. This board is a treasure trove, or so I am told. :) Jump
in, ask questions, join us.
Also search the archives on SurLaLune from the main page at www.surlalunefairytales.com Some grad students have shared their experiences in the past and their experiences can be found in the archives. One post I found on a preliminary search is available at:
(7/30/03 12:58 pm)
Re: the fairytale is all around, breathing|
Thanks to you both! I got my first copy of Marvels and Tales in the mail today and took it as a good omen of some sort. See you around this lovely, helpful site.
Edited by: gormghlaith at: 7/30/03 1:02 pm