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.