Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Goals of This Class

  • Explain how fairy tales changed over time.
  • Be able to use historical context to critical examine modern interpretations/retellings of fairy tales.


  • 20%: 3-page paper
    • Demonstrate your knowledge of how fairy tales changed from antiquity to the time of the Brothers Grimm.
  • 40%: 6-8 page final paper
    • Analyze a modern adaptation of a Grimm fairy tale.
  • 15%: writing your own short fairy tale (+ critical justification and interpretation)
  • 25%: participation
    • Print and annotate readings for homework, then bring to class (no electronics).
    • Recommended to prepare 1-2 critical questions.

Essays: Microsoft Word, 12pt Times New Roman