Fables and Fairytales


The skills and building blocks for narrative self-invention are captured and communicated in the tales French children are told from their earliest age. The masters of these literary genres are Jean de la Fontaine and Charles Perrault. The seventeenth-century readership for these two authors however was the highly refined and sophisticated salon society of the day. We will examine this body of classical French literature and consider how it works, how it persists in its relevance, the lessons it teaches, the psychoanalysis to which it has been subjected, along with theories of identity-formation, in order to get beyond “Happily ever after” and on to the point.

Conducted in French at an advanced intermediate level.

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