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.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Week 8 – March 21 & 23

Tuesday: Cinderella: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Read: “Introduction: Cinderella” (101-107); “Yeh-hsien”; Charles Perrault, “Donkeyskin”; Brothers Grimm, “Cinderella”; Joseph Jacobs, “Catskin”; “The Story of the Black Cow”; Lin Lan, “Cinderella”; “The Princess in the Suit of Leather” (107-137)
Read: Bruno Bettelheim, “Cinderella,” pp. 236-277.
Report 13: Marina Warner, "The Old Wives' Tale" (309-317)

Thursday: “The Three Feathers” – A Jungian Interpretation
Read: Marie-Louise von Franz, Folktales as Therapy, chapters 2-4, pp. 24-69
Report 14: Marie‐Louise von Franz: Chapter 7, pp. 114‐197

Blog Entry 8: Cinderella is one of the so-called “rise tales”, which features a narrative arc of “rags to riches through magic and marriage” (Ruth Bottigheimer). Write a reflection on this motive. Can someone reach success or riches with magic or marriage? How realistic is that? Blog is due by Sunday, March 26.

Week 7 – March 6 & 8

Tuesday: Midterm Exam will cover all materials studied in the first half of the semester including all required readings and fairy tales.

Thursday: “Fairy Tales and Story Telling in ASL”
Guest Speakers: Dr. Mark Rust and Dr. Ricky Rose, Deaf Studies

Blog Entry 7: This entry should be about the presentation of Professors Rust and Rose and your impressions about story telling in ASL and deaf culture in the USA. How did this lecture enrich your understanding of folk and fairy tales? Blog is due by Friday, March 10.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Week 6 – Feb. 28 & March 1

Tuesday: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Read: “Introduction: Snow White” (74-80); Giambattista Basile, “The Young Slave” (80-83); Brothers Grimm, “Snow White” (74-89)
S. Gilbert and S. Gubar, “Snow White and Her Wicked Stepmother,” in: The Classic Fairy Tale, pp 291-297
Report 10: Marcia Lieberman, “’Some Day My Prince Will Come’: Female Acculturation through the Fairy Tale,” in Jack Zipes, “Don’t Bet on the Prince,” pp 185-200. On reserve-Hoover Library: Ref. # [813.08352 D688] 

Thursday: Read: “Lasair Gheug, the King of Ireland’s Daughter” (90-96)
Ann Sexton, “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs” (96-100)
Report 11: Jack Zipes, “Walt Disney’s Civilizing Mission,” pp. 193-212.
Report 12: S. Gilbert and S. Gubar, “The Queen’s Looking Glass,” in The Madwoman in the Attic, pp. 36-44. On Blackboard under Course Documents or On reserve in Hoover Library.

Blog Entry 6: Watch the music clip “Sonne” by Rammstein on YouTube and compare the story and persons, motives, symbols in the music video with those in the Snow White fairy tales we have read in class. What is similar? What is different? Which one do you like better and why? Blog is due by Sunday, March 4.
Recommended Film: “Snow White 1937”, Directed by Walt Disney, 1937 (84 minutes). Watch the film in the Foreign Language Lab. It is available on the Foreign Language Server under Movies. The lab is open Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Week 5 - Feb. 21 & 23

Tuesday: Beastly Bride(groom)
Read: “Introduction: Beauty and the Beast” (25-32)
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, “Beauty and the Beast” (32-42)
Giovanni Straparola, “The Pig King” (42-47)
Brothers Grimm, “The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich” (47-50)
Report 7: Marina Warner, “Go! Be a Beast: Beauty and the Beast,” In: Folk & Fairy Tales by Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek, Ontario, Canada: Broadview Press, 2002, pp. 365-376. On Blackboard.

Thursday: Beastly Bride(groom)
Read: Angela Carte, “The Tiger’s Bride” (50-66)
“Urashima the Fisherman” (66-68)
Alexander Afanasev, “The Frog Princess” (68-71)
“The Swan Maiden” (72-73)
Report 8: Maria Tatar, "Sex and Violence: The Hard Core of Fairy Tales," In: The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, pp. 3-38. On reserve-Hoover Library: Ref. # [398.21 G864z76] and on Blackboard.

Blog Entry 5: First read the story of “Cupid and Psyche” at, then write a comparison of this old Greek tale with that of any of the various versions of Beauty and Beast. Add two pictures to your blog, one from a beauty and beast story and one for “Cupid and Psyche.” Blog is due by Sunday, Fab. 26.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Week 4 - Feb. 14 & 16

Tuesday: Little Red Riding Hood – Loss of Innocence – Part 1
Read: “Introduction: Little Red Riding Hood” (3-10) “The Story of the Grandmother” (10-11) Charles Perrault, “Little Red Riding Hood” (11-13)
Report 5: Zohar Shavit, “The Concept of Childhood and Children’s Folktales,” in: The Classic Fairy Tales, pp. 317-332.
Thursday: Little Red Riding Hood – Loss of Innocence – Part 2
Read: Brothers Grimm, “Little Red Cap” (13-16) Italo Calvino, “The False Grandmother” (17-19) Chiang Mi, “Goldflower and the Bear” (19-21)
Report 6: Bruno Bettelheim, "Little Red Riding Hood,” pp. 166-183.
Report 7: Verena Kast, “Little Red Cap. Favorite and Dreaded Folktales from Childhood,” In: Folktales as Therapy, pp. 1-26. On Blackboard.
Blog Entry 4: Find a cartoon on-line with “Little Red Riding Hood” as a theme and write a reflection on that cartoon. What kind of cartoon is that (political, social)? How do you like it, etc.? Add a copy of the cartoon, name of cartoonist and the source (URL).  Blog is due by Sunday, Feb. 19.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Week 3 - Feb. 7 & 9 - Hänsel & Gretel

Tuesday: “Fairy Tales and Psychology” Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Mazeroff, Psychology
Read: Introduction: Hansel and Gretel," The Classic Fairy Tales, (179-184)
Brothers Grimm, "Hansel and Gretel" (184-190)
Brothers Grimm, "The Juniper Tree" (190-197)
Brothers Grimm, "The Spirit in the Glass Bottle" (Blackboard)
Bruno Bettelheim, "Hansel and Gretel,” pp. 159-166.

Thursday: The Child as Hero
Read: Joseph Jacobs, "The Rose Tree" (197-199)
Charles Perrault, "Little Thumbling" (199-209)
Joseph Jacobs, "Molly Whuppie" and “Jack and the Beanstalk” On Blackboard under Course Documents.
Report 3: Jack Zipes, “The Rationalization of Abandonment and Abuse in Fairy Tales: The Case of Hansel & Gretel.” On Blackboard under Course Documents
Report 4: Sheldon Cashdan “Gluttony: Where Bread Crumbs Lead,” in: The Witch Must Die, pp. 63-83. On Blackboard under Course Documents
Film: “Hansel & Gretel – An Appalachian Version” 

Blog Entry 3: The topic of this blog entry is “Fairy Tales and Psychology.” What is the relationship between fairy tales and psychology? What psychological theories have been used to better understand fairy tales? How did psychologists use fairy tales in psychotherapy? Make sure to include a reflection on Dr. Mazeroff’s lecture. Blog is due by Sunday, Feb. 12.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Week 2 – Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

Tuesday: Once upon a time …: History, Form and Theories of Fairy Tales
Read: Marie Louise von Franz, “Theories of Fairy Tales,” pp. 1-23
Report 1: Jack Zipes, “The Origins of Fairy Tales,” pp. 13-28

Thursday: Why read folk and fairy tales? Morphology of folk and fairy tales
Read: Bruno Bettelheim, “Introduction. The Struggle for Meaning,” pp. 3-19.
Report 2: Jack Zipes, “Setting Standards for Civilization through Fairy Tales,” pp. 29-57

Blog Entry 2: Develop a one-page working definition of folk or fairy tale based on class discussions, materials we have read in class. Blog is due by Sunday, Feb. 5.

Week 1- Jan. 24 & 26

Tuesday: Introduction of Course and Material
Read: “Introduction,” The Classic Fairy Tales, pp. ix-xviii
Thursday: What are Folk and Fairy Tales
Read: “The Types of the Folktale,” The Classic Fairy Tales, pp. 373-378, “Folklore and Literature” and “Morphology of the Folktale,” The Classic Fairy Tales, pp. 378-387
Watch Film: The Brothers Grimm – On Reserve in Library
Blog Entry 1: Why did you choose this class? What are you hoping to accomplish in the course? What is your favorite folktale or fairy tale of all times and why? Blog is due by Sunday, Jan 29.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Welcome to our SIS Seminar at McDaniel College
Once upon a time … For centuries folk and fairy tales have fueled the popular imagination of people of all ages around the world. The course provides an in-depth analysis of folk and fairy tale traditions. We will read, discuss and analyze folk and fairy tales from around the world, as well as modern folktale adaptations (film, music, art). In the course, folk and fairy tales will be illuminated from different perspectives, including formalist (structure and style), feminist, religious, sociological and psychoanalytic approaches. McDaniel Plan: International Nonwestern, Sophomore Interdisciplinary Studies, Textual Analysis.
Learning Objectives:  In this course, students will gain an appreciation of the larger context (cultural and historical) of the development of the genre “fairytale”. They will also gain a better understanding of the literary and form/stylistic characteristics of the genre. The course provides the students with the interpretative tools they need to critically examine fairy and folk tales from various scholarly approaches, above all psychoanalytical (Bruno Bettelheim (Freud), Marie-Louise von Franz and Verena Kast (Jung)), feminist (Maria Tatar, Ruth Bottigheimer and Kay Stone), Marxist (Jack Zipes), social (19th century nationalism and bourgeois construction of the family and children), and religious. Students will also learn to analyze films with fairy tale motives (e.g. Silence of the Lambs or What Lies Beneath). In addition, they will demonstrate literary and cultural openness and appreciation of various cultures around the world.