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While modern variations may question the happy ending and dismiss the moral, “Cinderella” remains one of the key story-types of our culture. What could offer a more heart-warming prelude to Christmas than a closer look at the original rags-to-riches narrative enshrined in fairy tales and movies, panto and opera? It’s not all just big frocks and charming princes, however – like most traditional tales this one casts some darker shadows, raising questions about rank, love and identity( not to mention shoes.) This richly illustrated talk discusses the roots and variant versions of the tale, symbolic and social interpretations and its wide dissemination as book, drama, image, metaphor and even postcard.
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