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Lander’s Brittany Cuenin to Give Lecture on History of Fairy Tales

November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The community is invited to join Lander University and the Arts Center of Greenwood for the third installment of the 2023-24 Community Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Arts Center. Senior Lecturer of English Brittany Cuenin will present “Traditional Fairy Tales: The Good, the Gruesome and the Grimms” beginning at 6 p.m., with refreshments starting at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

This lecture examines the first fairy tales recorded by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Madame de Villeneuve. Fairy tales have permeated cultures across the globe for centuries as entertainment. Professor Brittany Cuenin explores their historical, social, and cultural significance, including famous stories such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Hansel and Gretel. These stories often include grotesque villains and brave protagonists. Cuenin’s lecture will explore what adults and children learn and enjoy from these stories, as well as how tales have been depicted in well-known illustrations and more recent Disney digital representations.

Cuenin is the director of the Lander University Writing Center and a lecturer in the Department of English and Foreign languages, where she teaches courses on children’s literature and fairy tales. Cuenin earned her B.A. in English and M.A. in English Literature from Clemson University. She has presented at conferences on the value of stories, fairy tales, and children’s literature.

Please visit www.lander.edu/events for updates and to confirm event times and venues. For questions, please contact Interim Assistant Provost Dr. Mark Rollins at 864-388-8563 or [email protected].


November 15
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Arts Center of Greenwood & Downtown
120 Main Street
Greenwood, SC 29646


Lander University