WAG Talk on Understanding Relations Between Pedophiles and Their Victims

Little Red Riding Hood is not all she seems, as you will learn in a talk by two University of Winnipeg professors at the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 7pm, Thursday, July 12. Admission is free.

Professors Pauline Greenhill (Women and Gender Studies) and Steven Kohm (Criminal Justice) will speak on Little Red Riding Hood and the Pedophile in Film: Freeway, Hard Candy, and The Woodsman.

Little Red Riding Hood is one of very few well-known fairy tales that have not come under what Jack Zipes calls "the Disney spell," which has ossified and Americanized so many others. Creators using various artistic genres have thus felt free to rewrite and re-conceptualize it. Greenhill and Kohm will discuss how the Little Red Riding Hood story offers filmmakers and viewers a metaphorical tool for understanding relations between pedophiles and their victims in novel ways, opening up the possibility of a shift in perspective on this issue.

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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