The Evolution of Princess Stories

Lectures from “Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution of Princess Stories”

A woman like a princess in an vintage dress before the magic castle

Princess stories have been popular for centuries and remain so today around the world; we’ll dive into what these fairy tales mean, and trace the history of these narratives back to their source material, examining contexts all along the way. We’ll borrow tools from cultural studies, literature studies, and film studies to help us analyze these phenomena and what they mean to our society.  Many of us may associate princess stories with modern-day products (much of it marketed to small children) or with Disney movies and theme parks. We’ll examine these current versions of fairy tale mythology as well, using our new interpretive tools to uncover not just what’s been changed in the moral and message of the narrative, but what the stories mean as told now.

– Dr. Kevin Yee, Dr. Shelly Stewart, University of South Florida

See: USF Offers Its First MOOC. And It’s a Fairy Tale Subject!

 

CINDERELLA LECTURE

 

SNOW WHITE LECTURE


 

SLEEPING BEAUTY LECTURE


 

RAPUNZEL LECTURE


 

FROG KING LECTURE


 

LITTLE MERMAID LECTURE


 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LECTURE


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