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Dr. Ildikó Boldizsár's sixty-hour online lecture series about fairy tales


About the Lectures

The lectures are free for those who exchange passes for a semester. Season tickets are always purchased at the beginning of the semester.  

  • Lectures begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday night

  • Duration of a lecture: 90 minutes  

  • Form: live broadcast

  • The price of the season ticket: 30 thousand HUF / 10 times

Topics of the first semester: Historical roots, famous fairy tale collections, types of fairy tales

  1. Where do tales come from? - Historical roots  

  2. The Relationship between Fairy Tale and Myth - Myths of Creation as Basic Models of World Creation

  3. Folklore division of the world's fairytale treasure - Characteristics of the seven fairy tale regions

  4. The 21st Century Significance of the World's Oldest Fairytale Collection (Pancsatantra)

  5. Worldview of Sanskrit Tales (Ocean of Fairytale Streams)

  6. The Day and Night World of the Thousand and One Nights - The Female Figures of the Thousand and One Nights

  7. Nine groups of genres in European tales

  8. The Grimm Tales  

  9. The worldview of Hungarian folk tales

  10. The tale as the universal mother tongue of mankind - Profane and secret teachings, symbols in fairy tales

II. semester theme: Examination of folktale roles and motives 

11. What are the similarities and differences between male and female fairy-tale heroes?

12. The role of supernatural beings in the hero's journey

13. Helpful methods in fairy tales

14. The organic model of existence - Animals and plants

Seminar on the first four lectures (ZOOM)

15. The image of death in European folk tales

16. Miracle and magic in fairy tales

17. Sacred fairytale geography - The importance of fairytale locations

18. Order and disorder in fairy tales

19. What does it mean to "live happily?"

III. semester topics: Classical and contemporary tales, adaptations

  1. What do fairy tales and childhood thinking have in common?

  2. The child as a theme and a cultural topos. Childhood perceptions

  3. The concept of the fairy tale and children's literature  

  4. Comparison of folk and art tales based on five aspects

  5. Basic works of classical children's literature

  6. A radically new approach to contemporary children's literature

  7. The significance of the illustration

  8. Adolescent literature

  9. Adaptations I. - Animation

  10. Adaptations II. - Puppetry and theatrical adaptations  


Application for the first & the second semester is over.

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