The Children's Literature Institute, hosted by the College of Education
and the University Libraries, through the Pennsylvania Center for the
Book, featured three well-known scholars who spoke on the topic of "Virtue
and Evil in Fantasy and Fairy Tales for Children."
Jack Zipes-professor of German at the University of Minnesota, editor
of The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature, author of four
books, and winner of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships-spoke about
the morality of fairy tales and the continual resurgence of fairy tales,
such as Cinderella, and how these stories have been adapted to fit different
age groups, types of media (movies, books, video games), and time periods.
Marina Warner-cultural critic and prolific writer of essays, stories,
and novels, including From the Beast to the Blonde, Six Myths
of Our Time, and No Go the Bogeyman- explored various forms
of terror as entertainment throughout history and the characters that
help evoke such terror.
Lissa Paul-professor of education at the University of New Brunswick,
associate editor of The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature,
and author of Reading Otherways and Enigma Variations: What
Feminist Theory Knows About Children's Literature-discussed protagonists
The first week of the two-week event featured seminars on "Virtue and
Evil in Fantasy and Fairy Tales for Children" taught by the three scholars
and Dan Hade, associate professor of education, Penn State College of
Education. Twenty people participated in the seminars and approximately
thirty-five people attended each lecture.
"The event was a major success. We had three of the world's leading
scholars discussing and questioning a most provocative topic," Hade
Afterwards the scholars commented on the experience. "Marina Warner
and Jack Zipes were most impressed with the organization, the quality
of our students, and the relaxed atmosphere. Lissa Paul stated that
she felt something important had been accomplished by bringing scholars
together with students to work out ideas and question each other," Hade