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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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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 various oral traditions, through the collections of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, to the modern period. We will study specific tales and investigate the role of the fairy tale in Victorian and fin-de-siecle culture, with reference to the modern fairy tales of Han Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde.


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.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

02 Feb 2016 to 01 Mar 2016

Course duration

5 week(s)

Course fee


Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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