Jack Zipes to Speak at the WAG on Fairy Tales’ Place in Contemporary Society

Professor Jack Zipes, one of the world’s leading thinkers on the social and political impact of fairy tales on contemporary society, will speak at the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 7pm on Friday, July 20. Tickets are $5 members/$15 non-member (includes gallery admission).

Far from being just amusing stories for children, fairy tales are as relevant today as ever, says Zipes. They are a means of communicating about serious problems, issues such as rape (Red Riding Hood) and the abandonment of children (Hansel and Gretel).  Zipes has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their evolution, and their social and political role in civilizing processes. Fairy tales, he says, “serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation. The worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society.”

Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. He was the co-founder of New German Critique, a journal of interdisciplinary studies, and former editor-chief of The Oxford Companion for Fairy Tales, The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. He is also the founder of Neighborhood Bridges, a storytelling/creative drama program in the Minneapolis/St. Paul elementary schools. He is currently editor of the Princeton University Press series, Oddly Modern Fairy Tales.

This talk is programmed in connection with the exhibition Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, on view at the WAG until September 2.
Celebrating its centenary from September 2012 to August 2013, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 26,000 objects spanning ten centuries—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG constantly moves between the historical and the contemporary, engaging a growing public with the power of art in our lives.





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