A Winter Solstice Fairytale: the shoes that were danced to pieces




Our last class this year is a trip to the Underworld!

Join us LIVE @UCLAnthropology, Tues Dec 12, 6:30pm (London time) with Chris Knight to read and discuss the Grimms’ story of the ‘Shoes that were Danced to Pieces’

Chris writes: “This delightful fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm has become a RAG tradition, told every year on the last day of the autumn term, just before Christmas. It tells of twelve princesses and their periodic  trips to the underworld, the narrator treating patriarchal marriage as a cruel punishment imposed on a coalition of sisters who had previously been free to dance the nights away.  This magical tale introduces us to universal mythological themes which will be explored more fully in the Spring Term. Chris Knight will show how all such tales make sense in the light of the theory that human sexual morality was initially established by women”

We also go out on ZOOM, sign in here to get the links (goes out Mon/Tues)