Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Week 14 - May 1 & 3


Tuesday: Native-American Folk and Fairy Tales
Read: “How Men and Women Got Together” (68-72);
“Deer Hunter and White Corn Maiden” (121-123);
“The Orphan Boy and the Elk Dog” (220-227)
“The Flying Head (233-234)
“How Mosquitoes Came to Be” (350-351)
“The End of the World (474-475) (All on Blackboard under Course Documents)

Thursday: Review, Evaluations

Blog Entry 14:  This is your final blog. In this blog, please reread all blogs you have written and reflect about what you have done and learned in the semester. How did you like the material covered? Was it challenging for you? Did you spend enough time reading the required material? Etc.  Blog is due by Thursday, May 4.

Term Paper


All students are required to write a research paper including in-text citations for all quotations, as well as a “works cited” list including all internet sites you used at the end of the paper, all in the proper MLA style.

The term paper (at least 1,200 words) must be typed (double-spaced). Include a bibliography of all sources you have used, both books and Internet resources. Use Times Roman New, size 12 and leave a 1-inch margin on all sides. Title page, table of contents, pictures and bibliography are not considered part of the required pages. Please include a word count at the bottom of your paper. The term paper is due at the beginning of class on the day indicated on the syllabus. Unless I have explicitly granted an extension before the due date, late papers will be penalized one-third of a letter grade per day. (A paper that would have earned a B+ will receive a B if it is one day late, a B- if it is two days late, and so on.)

In the research paper, you should carefully compare and contrast any two of the fairy tales that we have studied. You may choose two versions of the same tale (such as Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood” and the Grimms’ “Little Red Cap”) or similar versions of different tales (such as "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Little Thumbling"). You must apply one of the theories (disciplines) we have studied in the semester in your analysis. Be very careful in choosing the texts you want to write on, since you want to choose the ones most appropriate to your topic. You should have a precise topic focusing on a specific theme. I hope you choose the theme you are most interested in; some suggestions that seem particularly relevant to these tales are: women, assertiveness, passivity, independence, autonomy, men, sexual desire, fathers, mothers, sisters, family, home, security, marriage, nature, magic, money, violence, class. 

Another option would be to choose one of the following topics and write a research paper on it: the image of women in fairy tales, religion and spirituality in fairy tales, sex and violence in fairy tales, fairy tales as an educational tool, fairy tales and material culture (greeting cards, cartoons, advertisements, games, etc.), fairy tales and psychotherapy, villains and heroes in fairy tales, fairy tales and horror films/ suspense films, fairy tales and Disney, the depiction of childhood; the depiction of nature; the depiction of animals; the depiction of human nature; the depiction of men; the depiction of sexuality; the depiction of girls or women; the depiction of marriage; the depiction of family; the depiction of poverty, etc.
Term Paper is due by April 26.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Week 13 – April 24 & 26


Tuesday: Film: “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Thursday:Once Upon a Time in Spain in 1944: The Morphology of El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth).”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Thomas Deveny, Spanish

Blog Entry 13:  How were Dr. Deveny’s lecture and the discussion of the film in class different than other topics discussed in class. How did the film director incorporate fairy tale motives/ functions and the description of the political situation in Spain in the 1940s? Blog is due by Sunday, April 29.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Week 12 – April 17 & 19

Tuesday: Folk and Fairy Tales from Bangladesh
Guest Speaker: Dr. Shabbir Mian, Physics
Read: “Folktales from Bangladesh,” Tale V “Blue Lotus and Red Lotus,” pp. 168-173, on Blackboard under Course Documents

Thursday: “Myths and Legends of the Ādivāsīs in India”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Greg Alles, Religious Studies
Read: “Rāma in the Rāmāyāna” on Blackboard under Course Document

Blog Entry 12: Write a reflection on one of the two guest lectures. Make sure that you mention the professor’s full name, title of lecture, what he talked about and how this enriched your knowledge about folk and fairy tale from these countries. Be reflective and elaborate on what you write. Blog is due by Sunday, April 22.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Week 11 – April 10 & 12

Tuesday: Hans Christian Andersen
Read: “Introduction: Hans Christian Andersen” (212-216)
“The Little Mermaid” (216-232)
“The Red Shoes” (241-245)
Oscar Wilde
Read: “Introduction: Oscar Wilde“ (246-250)
“The Selfish Giant” (250-253)
“The Happy Prince” (253-260)
“The Nightingale and the Rose (261-265)
Reports 15: Jack Zipes “Hans Christian Andersen & the Discourse of the Dominated,” pp. 81-104

Thursday: 1001 Nights and More: Arabic Folk and Fairy Tales
READ: 1001 Nights, pp 1-16 & “Tales of Goha” on Blackboard
Films: Watch one of the following DVDs on Reserve in the library:
1. “The thousand and one nights.” # 0185, v.9
2. “The thousand and one nights: a historical perspective” # 0727
3. “Arabian Nights” DVD 1413
Report 16: Bruno Bettelheim, “Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Porter,” and “The Frame Story of 1001 Nights,” pp. 83-90.

Blog Entry 11: This entry should be either about Arabic Folktales: What makes Arabic folk and fairy tales unique? How are they different from others we have read? Or about either Hans Christian Anderson’s or Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales. How are these tales similar or different from the other stories we have read? What is unique about them? Blog is due by Sunday, April 15.

Week 10 – April 3 & 5

Tuesday: “Folktale and Storytelling Tradition from Kenya”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ochieng' K'Olewe, Education

Thursday: African-American Storytelling Tradition”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Johnson-Ross, Political Science
Read: The Best of the Brownies’ Book (Blackboard)

Blog Entry 10: Write a reflection on the lecture by Dr. Ochieng' K'Olewe. How did you like his lecture and presentation? How did this enrich your knowledge of folk and fairy tales? OR about the African-American Story-Telling Tradition and the lecture by Dr. Johnson-Ross. What makes African-American folk and fairy tales unique? How are they different from others we have read? Blog is due by Sunday, April 8.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Week 9 – March 28 & 30

Tuesday: Villains: “Bluebeard”
Read: “Introduction: Bluebeard" (138-144);
Charles Perrault, "Bluebeard" (144-148)
Brothers Grimm, "Fitcher's Bird" (148-151)
Brothers Grimm, "The Robber Bridegroom" (151-154)
Joseph Jacobs, "Mr. Fox" (154-156)
Report 14: Maria Tatar: “The Attractions of “Bluebeard”: The Origins & Fortunes of a Folktale,” in: Secrets beyond the Door, pp. 11-66 (many pictures). On Blackboard under Course Documents.

Thursday: Jewish Folktale Tradition
READ: “The Rabbi Who Was Turned into a Werewolf”
“A Dispute in Sign Languages”
“The Rabbi and the Inquisitor”
“Chelm Justice”
“The Magic Mirror of Rabbi Adam”;
“It Could Always be Worse”
(All tales are on Blackboard under Course Documents)
Blog Entry 9: This entry should be either about Bluebeard as a villain: Which of the Bluebeard tales we have read did you like the most? Why? Please elaborate and include quotes from the tale to prove your point of view; OR about Jewish Folktale tradition (How are these tales similar or different from the other stories we have read? What is unique about them?) Blog is due by Sunday, April 1.