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The Significance of Anthologies in the Western World

with Jack Zipes
Mondays, 11 am EST
January 31 - March 14, 2022

Registration Status: OPEN

Cost: $20 per session, $125 for series of 7

Jack Zipes brings mini-college courses to the Armchair Journeys curriculum.  We heartily welcome him back for this, his third series with us, and hope many of you, seasoned and newbies,

will join.

Jack will explore topsy-turvy twists on traditional, classical fairy tales – some hilarious, weird, twisted and/or quirky.  The newer tales are found in anthologies by mostly unknown authors, but you may be surprised by the familiarity of a couple!  

The sessions will begin on Monday, January 31 at 11 am, eastern and will continue each Monday until March 14.  Each session will last approximately 1.5 hours.


The schedule follows:


  • January 31 – Laura Valentine, The Pearl Fountain and Other Fairy Stories (1885)

  • February 7 – John Erskine, Cinderella’s Daughter

  • February 14 Gower Wilson, Red Magic (1931)

  • February 21 – Rolf Brandt – Topsy Turvy Fairy Tales (1944)

  • February  28 – Patrick de Hariz, Fairy Tales with a Twist (1946)

  • March 7  – Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (1979)

  • March 14 --  Stephen Sondheim,  Into the Woods and Soman Chainani, Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales (2021)

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Jack writes:

As we all know the fairy tales of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm have been regarded in English-language countries as “classical” fairy tales ever since they originated in the 17th and 19th centuries. Many of Perrault’s tales, which appeared first in 1697. were followed by  the Grimms’ tales during the 19th century. Distinct changes could be seen between the French and German tales. In addition, individual tales (not in anthologies)  such as “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” etc. have been re-created and re-published thousands of different times throughout the world as picture books, postcards, stamps, films, plays, poems, operas up to the present day.


What is NOT commonly known is that these classical tales have also appeared in magazines, journals, and unusual anthologies with a different twist that reveal a great deal about diverse ideologies, aesthetics, and customs in the civilizing of particular cultures. The current program includes seven anthologies focused on the tales of Perrault and the brothers Grimm published in Great Britain and the United States from 1880 to 2022.  All the classical fairy tales and some others have been translated into English, and each participant will select one tale from the anthology and discuss the changes that have been made from the original classical tales and why the change is significant. In some cases, there may also be illustrations to study.


The important questions for each participant are:

  1. Why did you choose this tale

  2. What does it mean to you?

  3. Have the changes embellished or damaged the original tale?

  4. What significance did it have it its own time and why? What

       significance does  it have now?                                                        


The cost of this 7-part series is $125.  PDFs of most books will be provided, except for Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Soman Chainani, Beasts and Beauty:  Dangerous Tales, and  the dvd of Sondheim’s Into the Woods.


We hope you’ll join Jack for this weird and sometimes really funny series.



Jack Zipes
Instructor & Guide

Jack Zipes, one of the world's leading authorities on fairy tales, is a retired Professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. He wrapped up his teaching career in 2008 and soon thereafter teamed up with Princeton University Press to release Oddly Modern Fairy Tales. The series, featuring unusual literary fairy tales produced mainly in the first half of the twentieth century, has given new life to ten fairy tale books. Jack's latest publications include Keedle the Great and All You've Ever Wanted to Know about Fascism; Yussuf the Ostrich; Johnny Breadless: A Pacifist Fairy Tale; Ernst Bloch, The Pugnacious Philosopher of Hope; The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim; The Sorcerer's Apprentice; Smack-Bam, or The Art of Governing Men; and The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales. See his website for more information:

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Having dipped her toes in diverse careers, including leatherwork, medical research, and small business administration, you could say that Joan is a multitalented woman. Growing up in a family with supportive parents and three accomplished older siblings in the Hudson River Valley, New York, meant that Joan had a lot to live up to. However, she was always encouraged to do her best in whichever path(s) she chose.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in German literature and afterward working in Hamburg, Germany for one year, Joan realized her great joy of traveling. Bringing together Joan’s life passions, including her lifelong love for music, her appreciation of art, and her fondness of Italy, she began Artful Journeys in 2009, when it was then known by the rather wordy moniker of Tuscany: A Journey For The Senses. Joan also has owned a bookkeeping business for architects and various small professional firms in New England since 1993, in which she is still active.


  • Each session will cost $20, $125 for series

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • You will receive an email with the Zoom link to the lecture with instructions on how to login within 24 hours of presentation

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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