Fairy tales: ancient origins, modern meanings
December 6, 2013
Guests: Jamie Tehrani, Marie Tatar
â€śOh Grandma, what big teeth you have!â€ť Everyone recognizes those words.Â Thatâ€™s because â€śLittle Red Riding Hood,â€ť and similar versions, turn up all over the world –â€śThe Tiger Grandmotherâ€ť in Japan and China, â€śThe Wolf and the Kidsâ€ť in the Middle East.Â In a recent study, Durham University anthropologist JAMIE TEHRANI traced the â€śLittle Red Riding Hoodâ€ť tale back two thousand years to discover the storyâ€™s origins and its evolutionary path. Â He tells Marty about how the oral tale spread and what it tells us about culture and migration.Â Then, a conversation on the meaning of fairy tales and why they still captivate us today.Â Marty talks with MARIA TATAR, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature at Harvard University.