Neil Gaiman’s ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’: Rewriting the Landscape of ‘Little Snow White’

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 22 February

12.00-1.30pm in Room 3.411

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Linda Jo Bartholomew continues our discussion of Trees & Forests with a session on Neil Gaiman’s reworking of ‘Little Snow White’


Little Snow White, print by Ludwig Emil Grimm for the 1825 ‘Little Edition’


This week, we will consider Neil Gaiman’s 1994 short story—his radical reworking of the Grimm brothers’ tale—in light of various motifs common to both fairy tale and myth: e.g., the abandonment, incarceration, and/or murder of children (in forests, on mountains, by riverbanks); the violent interplay of beauty and power; the boundaries between a known world and the Outside or Void beyond.  In the session, we will discuss Gaiman’s depiction of the forest, his use of mythic references, and his reimagining of the hostile territory that underpins so many folk tales.

In addition to the set texts [Gaiman’s ‘Snow, Glass, Apples, and ‘Snow White‘ by the Grimm brothers], we are providing a list of sources for further reading.


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