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with Jack Zipes
Tuesdays, 11 am EST/8 am PST
January 12–February 16, 2021
Registration Status: OPEN
Tour Cost: $15 per session, $75 for series
Ages: 15+

Oddly Modern Fairy Tales, the first series about fairy tales led by Jack Zipes for Armchair Journeys, brought so many fairy-tale fanatics together from the USA and Europe that we have no other choice: we must continue. For the rest of us novices, the exploration of newer fairy tales brought us to an entirely new world of symbolism, political commentary, and fantasy. 


Jack’s second series will include a historical exploration of tales, starting with Greek and Roman stories and progressing through the 19th century. We will be reading from 4 books:


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It is not necessary to read from these exact editions. The titles are available from Amazon, some on Kindle, and ABEBooks.
Detailed reading and thinking assignments arrive in one’s inbox from Jack about a week before each discussion. Each session lasts approximately one-and-a-half hours. Start times are at 11:00 eastern, 10:00 central, 8:00 pacific, 16:00 UK, 17:00 European. The 2021 dates and the tentative content are as follows:


January 12–Selections from Spells of Enchantment

January 19–Selections from Spells of Enchantment

January 26–Selections from Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales

February 2–Selections from Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales

February 9–Selections from Oscar Wilde, Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

February 16–Selections from Oscar Wilde, Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde and Charles Perrault, Little Red Riding Hood


*Schedule is subject to change.

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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 $15, $75 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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