The Carterhaugh School Presents:

Introduction to British Folklore!

The traditional ballad “Tam Lin” tells the story of a brave, unconventional girl named Janet who saves her true love from certain death at the hands of the Fairy Queen. 

Janet is many things: romantic, resourceful, adventurous, and practical. Above all, Janet is fearless. She boldly goes to Carterhaugh, a place she is forbidden to visit, and claims it as her own. She rejects her father’s choice of suitors, insisting that she be allowed to choose her own husband. When the Fairy Queen transforms Tam Lin into a succession of beasts and monsters, Janet never lets go of him but clings all the tighter, sure in the knowledge that her success in this trial will win her lover’s life and her own happiness. 

We invite you, like Janet, to deck yourself in green, braid your hair, and prepare for adventure. Follow her footsteps through the woods until you, too, find your way to Carterhaugh.

In our new course, “Introduction to British Folklore,” we’ll be sampling some of our very favorite stories and traditions - this is the realm in which we both specialized in graduate school, and it’s a part of the world that we love dearly for its lore and enchantments.

Normal price: $185  

Your price: $150 (for a limited time)  

RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

Enrollment is open until 9/23 at midnight - class starts on 9/24! Your one-time payment of $150 will give you access to the LIVE course, which includes personal interactions with us online, one live Q&A with us, and access to the Facebook group and the rest of your classmates. In the future, this course will only be available for self-guided learning and the cost will go up to $185!

Curious, but not quite sure this is the right course for you? Check out our FREE guide and course sample to see what we're all about!

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Here's what we'll be teaching...

MODULE ONE  

British Ballads  

In Module 1: British Ballads, we explore folk music and the wide variety of traditional ballads before diving into the work of professor Francis James Child and puzzling over ballad coding and metaphor. 


MODULE TWO  

British Fairy Tales  

Module 2: Fairy Tales shines a spotlight on stories of magic that were penned during the nineteenth century, or the “golden age” of fairy tales. We share some familiar stories, lesser-known but delightful oddities, and pieces written by some of the luminaries of the age.


MODULE THREE  

King Arthur Legends  

Module 3: King Arthur Legends is the result of popular demand from our fabulous students! Here, we discuss the multiple traditions that have shaped King Arthur tales as we know them today and tap into what lies at the heart of these stories: desire.


What You Will Recieve:

  • All course readings as PDFs 
  • Lecture videos with Sara and Brittany - at least 75 minutes of video per module! 
  • Questions for self-discovery 
  • Further reading lists 
  • Access to the private course Facebook discussion group 
  • A live Q&A with Sara and Brittany
  • Weekly prompts to inspire creativity and engagement with the tales
  • Three beautifully designed "grimoire pages," one for each module


New Modules Posted:

September
24
October
8
October
22

The course will run from September 24th to November 5th. There will be three modules - Ballads, British Fairy Tales, and King Arthur Legends - but because each module is much longer than usual (at least 75 minutes of video material per module!), they will post on September 24th, October 8th, and October 22nd, respectively. This means that there will be TWO weeks within which to interact with each module!


Your Teachers:  

We, Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman, both earned our PhDs in English and Folklore at The Ohio State University. We specialize in folk narrative – folk tales, myths, and legends – and fairy tales, especially the creepy ones, are our passion. We have published academic articles and reviews in Marvels & Tales: The Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, Supernatural Studies, Humanities, Gramarye: The Journal of the Sussex Center for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy, the book Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television, the encyclopedia Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from Around the World, and many more. Sara’s dissertation explores how folklore creates and shapes discourses of disability in nineteenth-century British literature – for example, she explores how the character of Watho the witch in George MacDonald’s literary fairy tale “The Day Boy and the Night Girl” intersects with and complicates the late Victorian “mad” scientist trope. Brittany’s dissertation argues that there is an understudied link between folklore and Gothic literature that reveals a great deal about the “dark” side of fairy tales and fairy legends we always seem to “return to” in contemporary retellings.  

We love teaching – we get to geek out about the weirdest, most wonderful stories, and we get to watch our students create their own magic with what they learn. We want our classes to reflect the joy we get out of the strange and delightful world of folklore, so expect apropos gifs, ridiculous illustrations, and/or terrible puns in our lectures. We’re also best friends, so we will occasionally make horrible faces at each other, make fun of each other, and laugh like drunken pixies… and we want you to join us!  

READY TO JOIN US?

 The gates of Carterhaugh are open!

Normal price: $185  

Your price: $150 (for a limited time)  

Enrollment is open until 9/23 at midnight - class starts on 9/24! Your one-time payment of $150 will give you access to the LIVE course, which includes personal interactions with us online, one live Q&A with us, and access to the Facebook group and the rest of your classmates. In the future, this course will only be available for self-guided learning and the cost will go up to $185!

Still not quite sure? Check out our FREE guide and course sample or shoot us an e-mail at carterhaughschool@gmail.com - we'd be happy to help!