Published: Oct. 23, 2018

New Course for the Space Minor
ITAL 2271 / RUSS 2271
Spring 2019
TU/TH 2:00-3:15pm

picture of moon getting shot in the eye with a bulletBefore Apollo 11, the Space Shuttle, and the Mars Rover, people designed new space travel technologies and explored space in the fairy tales they wrote and told.  Fairy tale characters flew through the sky in fantastic ships and used telescopes to see great distances. And when astronomers like Johannes Kepler needed to introduce controversial theories, they sometimes did it in fairy tales rather than scientific papers. We’ll read Russian and Italian fairy tales and view fairy tale films.

Co-taught by Fairy Tale Scholars
Professor Suzanne Magnanini  (
Professor Laura Osterman  (