Program Details

The Wolf in the Woods: How Fairy Tales and Legends Live On in Modern Novels and Films

Cora Bresciano, Ph.D.

Course Description

We all grew up with fairy tales and legends, but as adults, we may dismiss them as fit only for children. Our most talented novelists and filmmakers, though, keep using these very old stories as the basis for their own books and movies: in modern dress and in modern times, Cinderella keeps winning out over her stepsisters, and the Beast continues to be just what Beauty needed. In this lecture series, we'll examine some of the most interesting examples of contemporary novels and films built around these ancient tales. Bresciano, once again, brings you ageless tales that continue to entertain and inspire us today. Space is limited.


  1. Eternal Tales: How and why some of the best-known fairy tales get retold again and again by novelists and filmmakers.
  2. A World of Stories: A look at legends from other cultures that make their way into modern-day books and movies.
  3. The Important Bits: Fairy tale tropes in your favorite novels and films.
  4. The Masters' Children: Movies and books that can be classified as new fairy tales written by talented modern authors.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Cora Bresciano was the co-founder and, for fourteen years, the executive director of Blue Planet Global Education, a non-profit organization that coached educators on creating international writing-and-arts collaborations. She was also a Visiting Instructor at FAU, teaching myth and magical realism in literature along with creative and first-year writing. She lectures and presents in the U.S. and abroad, recently in Lisbon at the Modern Language Association International Symposium. Dr. Bresciano holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from FAU, with specializations in literature and 20th century Spanish history. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from FAU, where she received the Frank and Courtney Brogan Award in Fiction, and a bachelor's degree in music education from Hofstra University in New York.