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UWinnipeg Professor Pauline Greenhill launches book on the brothers Grimm

book cover of Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms

book cover of Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms

UWinnipeg’s Pauline Greenhill and  Kay Turner (New York University) are launching their newest book, Transgressive Tales with performances of a queer kind for delectation of all. Free and open to the public. Books for sale and refreshments served.

Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00pm
Plug In ICA (460 Por­tage Ave., in the Buhler Building, University of Winnipeg)

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Sponsored by UWinnipeg’s Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies and University of Winnipeg Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Faculty of Arts.

About the Book
The stories in the Grimm brothers’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales), first published in 1812 and 1815, have come to define academic and popular understandings of the fairy tale genre. Yet over a period of forty years, the brothers, especially Wilhelm, revised, edited, sanitized, and bowdlerized the tales, publishing the seventh and final edition in 1857 with many of the sexual implications removed. However, the contributors in Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms dem­onstrate that the Grimms and other collectors paid less attention to ridding the tales of non-heterosexual implications and that, in fact, the Grimms’ tales are rich with queer possibilities.

Author Jack Zipes say about the book: “If the brothers Grimm were alive today, they would be astonished to read the essays in Transgressive Tales and to learn why their tales still have great appeal.”

About the editors: Kay Turner is adjunct professor of performance studies at New York University, teaching courses on oral narrative theory and queer theory, with an emphasis on the fairy tale. She is also Folk Arts Director at the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her other books include Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars and Baby Pre­cious Always Shines: Love Notes Between Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein.

Pauline Greenhill is professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Winnipeg. Her most recent books are Make the Night Hideous: Four English-Canadian Charivaris, 1881-1940; Fairy Tale Films: Visions of Ambiguity (with Sidney Eve Matrix, co-editor); and Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife (with Liz Locke and Theresa Vaughan, co-editors).

Contributors: Emilie Anderson-Grégoire, Cristina Bacchilega, Anita Best, Joy Brooke Fairfield, Andrew J. Friedenthal, Kevin Goldstein, Pauline Greenhill, Bettina Hutschek, Jeana Jorgensen, Kimberly J. Lau, Elliot Gordon Mercer, Margaret A. Mills, Jennifer Orme, Catherine Tosenberger, Kay Turner, Margaret R. Yocom

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