Fairy Tales for Adults
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Ron Allison returns with his fourth installment of Fairy Tales for Adults! This time, he will be discussing a Russian tale, The Frog Princess, and Grimms’ The Girl Without Hands.
Mr. Allison’s approach grew out of his long-standing love of European fairy tales and encounters with storytellers who opened up the possibilities of using fairy tales for self-examination among adult audiences.
Much like dream analysis, this approach posits the possibility of viewing the narratives as metaphorical of our own psychodynamics, particularly in regard to developmental struggles on the way to maturity. In addition to a tale’s entertainment value, the tale is psychodrama that everyone with the benefit of the life experience that accrues with adulthood can enjoy. The full resonance of the story is grasped through interactive dialogue between teller and audience. The audience is afforded the opportunity to locate themselves in situations presented in the narrative.
According to Mr. Allison, in recent years there has been a society-wide recognition of the importance of the role of “emotional intelligence” as a determining factor in the success and happiness of individuals. Pre-modern cultures thought that the telling of fairy tales was the essential underpinning for the fostering of this essential form of intelligence. It is Mr. Allison’s belief that exposure to this form of expression will have lasting benefits to the listener.
This program is FREE and intended for adults. While children may be entertained by the telling segment of the event, the discussion following the story will be geared towards a more mature audience. No registration is required.
DeKalb Public Library
309 Oak Street
DeKalb, Illinois 60115