Hansel and Gretel and Co.|
Fall 2009 not offered
Once upon a time, there were two brothers by the name of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. Some of the tales they collected and edited have lived happily ever after, being translated into many languages, adapted to other media, and quoted or alluded to in many contexts. Others are known today only in the German-speaking countries or not at all. In this course we will examine these and many other German fairy tales from a number of perspectives - literary, cultural, psychological, sociological. Through close readings of the texts and study of some of the scholarship on fairy tales, we will look for answers to questions such as, How grim are the Grimms' tales? What is the relationship between fairy tales and myths? What fairy-tale motifs or plots occur in other (folk) literatures? What function do fairy tales fulfill for children and adults?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)
Grimm: Fairy Tales
Selected tales by Chamisso, Fouqué, Goethe, Hoffmann, Basile, Perrault, and from "Queen's Mirror"
Various articles and texts by Campbell, Bettelheim, Lüthi, Tatar, Zipes, others
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A weekly journal, several short papers, two oral reports, a final project, possibly collaborative.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and active participation in class mandatory. While the primary texts may be easy to read, the secondary material is more demanding. Students with some proficiency in German are encouraged to read a portion of the primary and secondary texts in the original. Additional sessions for audio and video materials may be scheduled.
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