Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution of Princess Stories
University of South Florida
Feb 10, 2014 to Mar 10, 2014
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Some of your work will be assessed by a content expert
- Uses discussion forums
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- Contains content not appropriate for children under 18
Full course description
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 mythos 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.
Director, Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence, Faculty in World Languages Department
Kevin Yee is the Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the University of South Florida. An affiliated faculty member with the World Languages department, Dr. Yee teaches courses on language, literature, and interdisciplinary honors courses. He has previously taught at the University of Central Florida, Duke University, University of Iowa, University of California-Irvine, and Pomona College. His main research interest focuses on emerging technology, Web 2.0 tools for teaching, and the pedagogy of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), particularly when combined with gamification.