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Scholar interprets 'Cinderella' fairy tales at Tuesday talk

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Posted on December 16, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will hold its second annual Winter Fairy Tale Talk on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. University of Vermont Professor of Folklore and German Wolfgang Mieder returns to present a talk titled, “The Modern Survival of Cinderella.” ?

Mieder’s talk will focus on two major variants of the “Cinderella” fairy tale, explaining the different interpretative possibilities they provide. The deeper meaning of the tale will also be discussed by an analysis of its major motifs. All of this will be illustrated by poems and slides that show how the traditional fairy tale continues to be present in literature and the mass media, especially in advertisements and cartoons.

The event is free and open to the public. This talk is in conjunction with the 15th annual Gingerbread House Exhibit & Competition, which is centered on the theme of the story “Cinderella.” The exhibit is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday, until Dec. 20.

The VFC is located at 88 Main St. in Middlebury, at the traffic circle. Check the website, www.vermontfolklifecenter.org, or call (802) 388-4964 for details.

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