GrimmFest is a program at the University of Florida to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Grimms publication. The event series is spread out over the semester, not one weekend as you can see from the existing dates below. That makes it harder for those of us not in Florida.
From the University of Florida's Department of English page:
Jerry Griswold presents “Beauties & Beasts @ Halloween” as the first installment of GrimmFest, an event series celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, co-sponsored by the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture and the Baldwin Library for Historical Children’s Literature. Stories and observations about: How fairy tales became gothic. Why scariness is fun. And how our monsters are not what they used to be. Jerry Griswold is a specialist in Children’s Literature and in American Literature and Culture. The author of seven books, he has published more than 200 essays in the national press (Nation, Paris Review, New Republic, et al.) and is a frequent contributor to the New York and the Los Angeles Times. The former Director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Griswold was a professor at San Diego State University, UCLA, UCSD, and the National University of Ireland in Galway. 7 PM. Smathers Library East, Room 1A.
Maria Tatar presents “Mythical and Magical: 200 Years of the Brothers Grimm” as the second installment of GrimmFest, an event series celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, co-sponsored by the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture and the Baldwin Library for Historical Children's Literature. Prof. Tatar will trace the evolution of fairy tales from the fireside to Kindle and reflect on the resurgence of fairy tales in new media today—Hollywood productions in particular. “Hansel and Gretel,” “Briar Rose,” and “Beauty and the Beast” will be used as examples to demonstrate the “enduring appeal” of fairy tales and how they depend on paradox and contradiction for their cultural power. Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures and Folklore & Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of the new bicentennial edition of The Annotated Brothers Grimm and edited The Fairies Return, both published in 2012. She has published many other books, including volumes on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, on childhood reading (Enchanted Hunters), and on Weimar Germany (Lustmord). 7 PM. Smathers Library East, Room 1A.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and free of charge.