Beastly lovers and clear waters: meeting the wild in the wonder tale

This talk was given at the advaya event 'Mythic Imagination: The Power of Storytelling and Mythology'.

This talk explores the relevance and resonance of animal bridegrooms. Joanna discusses the surprising historical evolutions and convolutions of two of our best loved tales, and ask what a Scottish Frog Prince and an old French Little Red Riding Hood can teach us about stepping beyond civilisation and meeting the wild other.


Joanna Gilar

Joanna Gilar is an academic, writer and storyteller based in Sussex who uses story to help us find our way in the un-navigated territory of a transforming planet.

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