200 Years (and Counting) of Happily Ever After: Celebrating The Brothers Grimm and WPI Student Successes


Mon, Apr 7, 2014

In and Around the Library


Mirror, Mirror, on the wall…

Fairy tales are rooted in basic human desires and needs,which is what keeps these stories alive today.

As part of a WPI Department of Humanities and Arts capstone project, WPI seniors Margaret Hester and Amanda Ippolito explored the origins, evolution, and significance of Grimm’s fairy tales and prepared complementary exhibits for the Gordon Library’s two entryway display cases.

The “In” case celebrates the bicentennial of The Brothers Grimm, Volume 2 by showcasing different editions and illustrations from the work.

A companion display in the “Out” case explores how the two female students “grew up in a world with a fairy princess-obsessed culture,” yet have “progressed into leaders and scientists diving into a male-dominated field,” making one wonder who, truly, is the fairest of them all?

The exhibits will be on view through D Term. You can also explore digital versions of many Grimm works via the library’s participation in a recent, statewide e-book pilot.


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Ms. Markees is Special Collections Curator for Gordon Library.

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