En258E : Special Topics: Fairy Tales



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EN258E

EN258E : Special Topics:
Fairy Tales
Fall Semester 2009
Monday and Thursday 11:00-12:15

Syllabus
Subject to revision.
Unless otherwise indicated, page numbers refer to Tatar's The Classic Fairy Tales.
Thursday 9/3: Introduction: The Meanings of "Fairy Tales"
Monday 9/7: No class meeting.
Thursday 9/10: Little Red Riding Hood.
Read in The Classic Fairy Tales:

  • “Introduction” (pp. ix-xviii)

  • “Introduction: Little Red Riding Hood” (3-10)

  • “The Story of the Grandmother” (10-11)

  • Charles Perrault, “Little Red Riding Hood” (11-13)

  • Brothers Grimm, “Little Red Cap” (13-16)

  • Italo Calvino, “The False Grandmother” (17-19)

  • Chiang Mi, “Goldflower and the Bear” (19-21)

  • Bruno Bettelheim, "The Struggle for Meaning" (269-273)

Monday 9/14: Little Red Riding Hood
Texts:

  • Angela Carter, "The Company of Wolves" and "The Werewolf" in The Bloody Chamber.

  • On streaming video: "The Company of Wolves," written by Carter and directed by Neil Jordan (1985; 92 minutes).

Thursday 9/17: Hansel & Gretel
Read in The Classic Fairy Tales:

  • "Introduction: Hansel and Gretel" (179-184)

  • Brothers Grimm, "Hansel and Gretel" (184-190)

  • Brothers Grimm, "The Juniper Tree" (190-197)

  • Joseph Jacobs, "The Rose Tree" (197-199)

  • Charles Perrault, "Little Thumbling" (199-209)

  • Joseph Jacobs, "Molly Whuppie" (209-211)

  • Bruno Bettelheim, "Hansel and Gretel" (273-280)

  • Robert Darnton, "Peasants Tell Tales: The Meaning of Mother Goose" (280-291)



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