Monday, May 6, 2013

Week 14 – May 7 & 9

Tuesday: “Once Upon a Time in Spain in 1944: The morphology of el laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth).”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Tom Deveny, Spanish

Thursday: Review for final exam, Evaluations

Blog Entry 12:  This is your final blog. In this blog, please reread all blogs you have written and reflect about what you have done and learned in the semester. How did you like the material covered? Was it challenging for you? Did you spend enough time reading the required material? Etc.  Blog is due by Thursday, May 9.
Final Exam: All Material studied in the second half of the semester, including the guest lectures. It will be on Tuesday, May 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Hill Hall 015.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Week 13 – April 28 & May 2

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)

Thursday: 1001 Nights and More: Arabic Folk and Fairy Tales
READ: 1001 Nights, pp 1-16 & “Tales of Goha” on Blackboard under Course Documents
Bruno Bettelheim, “Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Porter,” and “The Frame Story of 1001 Nights,” pp. 83-90.
Recommended Films: Watch one of the following films on DVD. They are on Reserve in Hoover Library: “Les mille et une nuits = The thousand and one nights.” DVD # 0185, v.9  or “The thousand and one nights: a historical perspective.” DVD # 0727 or “Arabian Nights” DVD
Homework Film: All students must watch the film “Pan’s Labyrinth” by Tuesday, May 7. The film is on reserve and also available on the Foreign Language Server under German > Esa > SIS 2015. The lab is open Sunday-Thursday from 5-10 p.m.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Week 12 – April 23 & 25

Tuesday: “Folktale and Storytelling Tradition from Kenya”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ochieng' K'Olewe, Education
Thursday: “Myths and Legends of the Ādivāsīs in India”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Greg Alles, Religious Studies
Read: “Rāma in the Rāmāyāna” on Blackboard

Blog Entry 10: Write a reflection either on the lecture by Dr. Alles or Dr. Ochieng’ and show how the myths and legends of the Ādivāsīs in India or the Kenyan folktales are similar or different from those have read and discussed so far. How did you like his lecture and presentation? How did this enrich your knowledge of folk and fairy tales? Be reflective and elaborate on what you write. Blog is due by Sunday, April 28.

Term Paper is due by Thursday, April 25 2:40 p.m. (No Exception!)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Week 11 – April 16 & 18

 Tuesday: Jewish Folktale Tradition
READ: “The Rabbi Who Was Turned into a Werewolf,”
“A Dispute in Sign Languages” (42-44)
“The Rabbi and the Inquisitor” (157-158)
“Chelm Justice” (176-177)
“The Magic Mirror of Rabbi Adam” (276-282)
“It Could Always be Worse” (408-409) on Blackboard under Course Documents

Thursday:  Native-American Folk and Fairy Tales
Read: ”How Men and Women Got Together” (68-72),
“Deer Hunter and White Corn Maiden” (121-123),
“The Flying Head (233-234),
“How Mosquitoes Came to Be” (350-351) and
“The End of the World (474-475) on Blackboard under Course Documents.
Blog Entry 9: This entry should be either about the Jewish folktale tradition or on the Native-American stories and how these are distinctly different from those of European origins. What is unique about them?) Blog is due by Sunday, April 14.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Week 10 – April 9 & 11

Tuesday: “The Three Feathers” – A Jungian Interpretation
Read: Marie-Louise von Franz, Folktales as Therapy, chapters 2-4, pp. 24-69
Thursday: “The Three Feathers” – A Jungian Interpretation
Read: Marie-Louise von Franz, Folktales as Therapy, chapters 5 & 6, pp. 70-113

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Week 9 – April 2 & 4

Tuesday: Cinderella: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Read: “Introduction: Cinderella” (101-107)
“Yeh-hsien” (107-108)
Charles Perrault, “Donkeyskin” (109-116)
Brothers Grimm, “Cinderella” (117-122)
Joseph Jacobs, “Catskin” (122-125)
“The Story of the Black Cow” (125-127)
Lin Lan, “Cinderella” (127-131)
“The Princess in the Suit of Leather” (131-137)

Thursday: “African-American Storytelling Tradition”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Johnson-Ross, Interim Dean of Faculty
Read: “The Best of the Brownies’ Book” on Blackboard under Course Documents.
Blog Entry 8: This week’s blog entry should be either on Cinderella or the lecture by Dr. Johnson-Ross.
1. Cinderella
is one of the so-called “rise tales”, which features a narrative arc of “rags to riches through magic and marriage” (Ruth Bottigheimer). Using the film as an example, write a reflection on this motif. Can someone reach success or riches with magic, marriage, charm, etc.? How realistic is that? OR
2. Write a blog entry 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 7.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Week 8 – March 26 & 28

Week 8 – March 26 & 28

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)  

Thursday: Film: Pretty Woman or Disney’s Cinderella
Read: Bettelheim “Cinderella,” pp. 236-277

Blog Entry 7: This entry should be about Bluebeard as a villain: Which of the Bluebeard tales we have read did you like the most/ least? Why? How is this tale different from others we have read? What makes it special? Please elaborate and include quotes from the tale to prove your point of view; Blog is due by Sunday, March 31.