Acclaimed author Ruth B. Bottigheimer will speak at George Mason University on Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. in Research 1, room 163.
Bottigheimer is the author of Fairy Tales and Society: Illusion, Allusion, and Paradigm and Grimm’s Bad Girls and Bold Boys: The Moral and Social Vision of the Tales.
In her visit to George Mason University, Bottigheimer will share her insights from her latest study, "Fairy Tales: A New History."
Bottigheimer studies children’s literature and their illustrations as literary responses to and social expressions of the cultures from which they have emerged. Her special fields of inquiry — French, German, and Italian fairy tales, European and American Bible stories rewritten for children’s use, British children’s literature from its beginnings to 1770, and publishing history — have resulted in over one hundred scholarly articles and six books.
She is currently working on a large, general history of European fairy tales. Bottigheimer’s professional home is the Department of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also lectures widely and has taught at American, Asian, and European colleges and universities.
Admission is free.
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August 17, 2009