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Please note that this course has started and enrolment is no longer possible.

We use the term ‘fairy tale’ to suggest a simple, fanciful or romantic story and most often associate the famous tales of Cinderella or Red Riding Hood with charming children’s stories. However, many of the tales have a long history and some darker origins. This course examines the history of the fairy tale, from their beginnings in oral traditions, through the collections of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, to modern incarnations in Angela Carter and Philip Pullman.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

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Course dates

13 Oct 2015 to 10 Nov 2015

Course duration

5 week(s)

Course fee


Course director


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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