New Essay, “Baba Yaga in the Classroom”

So to Speak is a wonderful journal at George Mason University that publishes feminist writing and art. For their blog, I wanted to write a short essay about my experiences of bringing Feminism into my classroom. In the process, I dug into my own life, and also into folklore and Fairy Tale, where I have found so much inspiration and beauty. This essay means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll read and share.

Baba Yaga in the Classroom, by Psyche Z. Ready

Innovations in Teaching and Learning

This September, I’ll be co-presenting a 90-minute workshop at the George Mason University Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference. Our workshop title: “Is it true? Helping students assess information credibility.”

Seeking out and recognizing evidence-based information online is very important to me, and I strive to create classroom situations wherein my Advanced Comp students may develop these skills.

It should be fun! Come by!

Transitioning: A Danish Folktale and the Contemporary Transgender Experience

Paper presented at the 2016 Conference for the American Folklore Society/International Society for Folk Narrative Research

The most well-known folktales of Denmark are, of course, the primarily literary tales of Hans Christian Anderson.  In the late nineteenth century, however, there were a handful of Danish folklorists collecting and compiling local folk tales, ballads, and legends.  Evald Tang Kristensen was a schoolteacher and folktale collector who grew up listening to the folktales of the poor villagers of Jutland—the western, continental portion of Denmark.  Unlike other Danish folktale collectors, Kristensen believed in collecting stories first-hand, and he travelled across Jutland doing so.  He strove to record them accurately, maintaining the speech patterns and dialects of the storytellers, with which he was intimately familiar.  He published these carefully transcribed tales, in four large volumes, during the 1880’s (Kristensen 9).

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