Fairy Tales Retold

Workshop by Emilie Sitzia in summer school History of the Book

28aug2018 13.30 - 16.30


On 28 August 2018, Emilie Sitzia will give the workshop ‘Fairy Tales Retold: illustrations as modern storytellers’. This workshop is part of the summer school History of the Book.

This workshop explores representations of good and evil in fairy tale illustrations. It focuses on the topic of illustration as reception and criticism of literary texts through diverse case studies taken from nineteenth and early twentieth century European fairy tale illustrations.

How do images interfere and interact with the text? How are the illustrations placed in the book to anticipate or reinforce specific ideas? How are the characters depicted? Do illustrators continue certain illustrative traditions or do they question such traditions?

We will learn to analyse these images and see how illustrations re-interpret classical stories and offer alternative tales for the modern era.


Prof. Emilie Sitzia (1978) is an art and literature historian specializing in the relationship between word and image and the impact of art on audiences. Since 2017 she holds the special chair Illustration at UvA (Fiep Westendorp Foundation).

Emilie Sitzia was educated in France, Germany and Finland. She publishes regularly on the topic of illustration as for example in her book Art in Literature, Literature in Art in 19th Century France (2012).

Date, time and place

  • Tuesday 28 August
  • 13:30–16:30 h
  • Regentenkamer, Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt 129


Gepubliceerd door  Bijzondere Collecties UvA