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.