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.