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Summer course at UH Hilo examines truly grim fairy tales

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Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service presents Twice Upon a Time, a course by Kirsten Mollegard examining the origins of the fairy tale. The course runs July 10 to 31 on Thursdays from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuition is $45.

The course will introduce participants to the real world of fairy tale — namely the tales of horror and brutality dabbed with a good bit of earthy humor, many of which have been sugarcoated beyond recognition in today’s child-friendly versions. The course will take the fairy-tale tradition out of the nursery and back to its original context of thrilling horror.

Participants will learn about fairy-tale traditions in the introductory session and spend the next three sessions watching films that show how contemporary writers and filmmakers dress old tales in new skins. The films will be Neil Jordan’s In the Company of Wolves (1984), Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neill in Snow White – A Tale of Terror (1997), and the Oscar-winner Pan’s Labyrinth (2006).

Space is limited, so call CCECS at 974-7664 to register immediately.

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