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Kristen Twardowski

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Fairy tales have carved their way into the contemporary zeitgeist. Even if people don’t remember all of the plot points in “Thumbelina”, “The Princess and the Pea”, or “The Little Mermaid”, they recognize the names and themes from them. But fairy tales have a long history. They developed long before the Disney Renaissance of 1989-1999 and long before they were made into silent films in the early 1900s. They were woven together from much earlier stories and cultural ideas.

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) penned many of the fairy tales best known today, including “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Snow Queen”, and “The Ugly Duckling”. FutureLearn, an online education center, is offering a free class on Andersen’s fairy tales. The course runs for 6 weeks and features lectures and discussions with professors from the HC Andersen Center at the University of Southern Denmark, the university located in Andersen’s natal…

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