Picturing the Wolf


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“Picturing the Wolf: The Art, Artifice, and Science of Being a Wolf in Children’s Books”


  • Saturday, September 27, 10:30 am
  • Newberry Library

Speaker: Debra Mitts-Smith, Dominican University, with comments and discussion by Roberta Seelinger Trites, Illinois State University

Chicago Public Radio will be broadcasting the talk:


Join Debra Mitts-Smith of Dominican University as she examines visual, textual, and folkloric sources to understand the wolf as an icon of widely varied meaning and nearly universal significance. She traces the image over time in children’s books from the “Big Bad Wolf” of fairy tales to an endangered species in need of protection. Following her talk, Mitts-Smith will discuss her work in the context of fairy tales with Professor Emerita Betsy Hearne, an expert in the history of fairy tales, of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.