Our next membership meeting will be in person at the New Brighton Community Center Room 224. Doors open at 9:15am. Treats and coffee will be available along with a few door prizes. The meeting will begin at 9:30.
Our featured speaker will be Professor Emeritus Jack Zipes, who will talk about “The Provocative Alenka Sottler and Bambi.” Alenka Sottler is a famous Slovenian illustrator. More information about Alenka and her collaboration with Jack Zipes is available here.
Jack Zipes is a retired Professor from the University of Minnesota whose focus on fairy tales has transformed the ways which fairy tales are analyzed. He is known for his lectures and published works on fairy tales, how they evolved, and the social and political significance of those works. Zipes holds a PhD in comparative literature which he obtained in 1965. His political activism in the late 1960s lead to his interest in critically analyzing fairy tales. He continues to translate works, such as the 1812 and 1815 editions of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm which was completed in 2014.
While fairy tales are often perceived as just children’s stories, Zipes scholarly work examines their social and political roles in society. Fairy tales have a “meaningful social function not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales reveal the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society” (Zipes).