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Kate Bernheimer: Fairy Tales as Tales of Survival


Fairy-tale writer and scholar Kate Bernheimer always inspires. She wrote the modern fairy tale collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, and edited award-winning anthologies My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me and xo Orpheus. She also founded Fairy Tale Review and teaches at the University of Arizona.

In her most recent lecture for the University of Arizona's Woman Power series, Bernheimer defines fairy tales as tales of survival and “secular prayers.” Her lecture “Power Imagined: Fairy Tales as Survival Strategies,” explores how fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White present both trauma and endurance. With these tales, Bernheimer magically interweaves the stories of Anne Frank, Amy Winehouse, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg as well as her own family’s story. Watch the lecture and be inspired!

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