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

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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.

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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.