ReWilding Red Riding Hood
Step through the imaginal window of story and walk together, deep into that ancient forest with that young woman along the path to meet Grandmother and the Wolf. Can we reimagine her for the times we are now living in?
If we re-wild our folktales,
‘Little Red Riding Hood’ is one of the world’s most popular and oft retold folktales. Versions range from the moralistic version by Charles Perrault, the Grimms Brothers, simplistic watered-down picture books for preschoolers, to Disney films to erotic cartoons for adults. But who was she originally and what did she represent? Who was the wolf and why is he a werewolf in the older tales? What does this deeply popular story and its variants tell us about Western culture and our relationship to our bodies, our sexuality, to nature and the wild? How much did Perrault’s patriarchal values distort the original uplifting trickster tale?
Jenni will tell several versions with a particular focus on The Grandmother’s Tale or L’histoire Grand’Mère, a French tale which predated the Charles Perrault and Grimm versions.
Watch Jenni’s recent short version of The Grandmother’s Tale here. (Warning there are some grisly bits.)
Or here is a longer, darker version that I recorded some years ago here, which is also on the video page of my website.
Participate in lively facilitated discussions in pairs and small groups, as we explore our ideas out loud in a supportive learning community. Receive a provocation to craft your own rendition after the workshop.
NB: It is possible for me to create a follow-up workshop if participants want to go deeper.
WHEN: Saturday, 26 June, 10am-1pm
DURATION: 3 hours
GROUP SIZE: 15 participants
HOW: Online via Zoom
PRICE PER PARTICIPANT: AUD $60/ $50 Earlybird Includes being sent a link to the recording of each session and tailor-made lists of resources according to the interests of the group.
RECORDING ONLY: AUD $20 For those unable to attend the online course, you’ll get a link to the video recording of each session emailed to you afterward, as well as resource links. However you will receive no individual correspondence from Jenni.