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Maria Tatar and Pan's Labyrinth at the Brattle Theater

From: David
Sent on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:04 PM
This event starts at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge at 6, but I'll be there around 5:30. If the show is sold out they may release the unfilled seats at 5:55. I will have the Meetup sign, and be near the entrance.

The discussion is followed by a showing of Pan's Labyrinth at 8.

Special Event
Harvard Book Store Presents
Maria Tatar

(Tickets for this event are $5 and may be purchased starting Monday, April 6th.)

Maria Tatar discusses "Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood"

Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome MARIA TATAR, John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard, for a discussion of her latest book, "Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood."

Ever wondered why little children love listening to stories, why older ones get lost in certain books? In this enthralling work, Professor Tatar challenges many of our assumptions about childhood reading. Much as our culture pays lip service to the importance of literature, we rarely examine the creative and cognitive benefits of reading from infancy through adolescence.

By exploring how beauty and horror operated in C.S. Lewis?s "Chronicles of Narnia," Philip Pullman?s "His Dark Materials," J.K. Rowling?s Harry Potter novels, and many other narratives, Tatar provides a delightful work for parents, teachers, and general readers, not just examining how and what children read but also showing through vivid examples how literature transports and transforms children with its captivating and occasionally terrifying energy.

In the tradition of Bruno Bettelheim?s landmark "The Uses of Enchantment," Tatar?s book is not only a compelling journey into the world of childhood but a trip back for adult readers as well.

Maria Tatar, chair of Folklore & Mythology and the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, is editor of "The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales". The author of books on the Brothers Grimm, on fairy tales ("The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales" and "Off with Their Heads!"), and on the cultural impact of mesmerist theories and practices of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, she has also authored "Lustmord," which explores the theme of sexual violence in the literature, film, and art of the Weimar period in Germany. In addition, she has edited an anthology of fairy tales published as a Norton Critical Edition. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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