Thursday, November 5, 2015

Week 14 – Service Learning Project


Monday: Final Preparation for Service Learning project. All must come to class
Tuesday: Service Learning Project at William Winchester Elementary School

Blog Entry 11: 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. Blog is due by Sunday, November 29.

Week 13 – November 16-20: Grimm Pictures: Fairy Tale Archetypes in Horror and Suspense Films


Tuesday: READ: Walter Rankin: “The Path of the Resistance,” in: Grimm Pictures Fairy Tale Archetypes in Horror and Suspense Films, pp. 17-39. On Blackboard under Course Documents.
Discussion of film, the Grimm’s tale and the reading
Prior to Tuesday, you also must watch the film Silence of the Lambs on your own and you may skip the scenes you don't want to see.
Wednesday: Review for Exam 2
Thursday: Exam 2: All material studied in the second half of the semester.

Week 12 – November 9-13: Rapunzel and Tangled


Tuesday: Rapunzel and Tangled
Read:
The Complete Fairy Tales, "Rapunzel,” pp. 37-40
Read: Lüthi: Chapter 8: Rapunzel, pp. 109-119
Wednesday: Film: “Tangled” by Walt Disney, 2010 (100 Min)
Thursday: Discussion of Film and Fairy Tale
Blog Entry 10: Find a cartoon on-line with a Rapunzel motif and discuss the cartoon and compare it with either the original tale or the Disney film. Add a copy of the cartoon, name of cartoonist and the source (URL). Blog is due by Sunday, November 15.
 Image Source: http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/sites/www.limelightmagazine.com.au/files/News/rapunzel-1024x704.jpeg

Week 11 – November 2-5: Villains: Bluebeard & Robber Bridegroom


Tuesday: Read: The Complete Fairy Tales, "The Robber Bridegroom," pp. 135-137, "Fitcher's Bird," pp. 146-148, and Charles Perrault “Bluebeard” - On Blackboard under Course Documents.

Wednesday: Preparation for Service Learning Projects
 Wednesday: Optional: Evening Film: “Barbe Bleue,” (2009, 80 min)

Thursday: Discussion of Film and Tales
Report 15: Maria Tatar: “The Attractions of “Bluebeard”: The Origins and Fortunes of a Folktale,” in: Secrets beyond the Door, pp. 11-66 (many pictures). On Blackboard under Course Documents.
Blog Entry 9: Reflect about the three versions of the story of “Bluebeard”. How are these tales similar or different? What is unique about them? Which one did (didn’t) you like the most? Why/ Why not?  Blog is due by Sunday, November 8.
Paper #2 is due by Tuesday November 10th.
Image Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Barbebleue.jpg

Week 10 – October 26-30: Little Red Cap


Tuesday: Read: The Complete Fairy Tales, "Little Red Cap," pp. 85-88
Report 13: Bruno Bettelheim, "Little Red Riding Hood,” in: The Uses of Enchantment, pp. 166-183. On reserve in Hoover Library
Wednesday: Preparation for Service Learning Projects
Wednesday: Evening Film: “Red Riding Hood” or “Hookwinked”
Thursday: Report 14: Verena Kast, “Little Red Cap. Favorite and Dreaded Folktales from Childhood,” In: Folktales as Therapy, pp. 1-26 On Blackboard under Course Documents.
Blog Entry 8: Find a cartoon on-line with “Little Red Riding Hood” as a theme and write a reflection on that cartoon. What kind of cartoon is that (political, social)? How do you like it? Etc. Add a copy of the cartoon, name of cartoonist and the source (URL).  Blog is due by Sunday, November 1.

Source of Image: http://cdn.twitrcovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Little-Red-Riding-Hood-l.jpg

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week 9 – October 19–23: Beastly Bride(groom)

Tuesday: The Complete Fairy Tales, “The Frog King, or Iron Henry” pp. 13-17
Report 11: Maria Tatar, "Sex and Violence: The Hard Core of Fairy Tales," In: The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, pp. 3-38, On Blackboard under Course Documents.

Wednesday: Preparation for Service Learning Project - Discussion of Essay 1
Wednesday: Evening Film: “The Princess and the Frog,” Disney 2010 (98 min)

Thursday: Discussion of Film and Tale
Report 12: Marina Warner, “Go! Be a Beast: Beauty and the Beast,” In: From the Beast to the Blonde. On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers, New York: The Noonday Press. 1994, pp. 298-318. On Blackboard under Course Documents.



Blog Entry 6: First read the story of “Cupid and Psyche” at http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/cupid.html, then write a comparison of this old Greek tale with that of the Brothers Grimm. Add two pictures to your blog, one from “The Frog King” and one for “Cupid and Psyche.” Blog is due by Sunday, October 25.

Week 8 - October 12-16: Fall Break – Symbolism in Fairy Tales

Monday:  No Class - Fall Break
Tuesday:  No Class - Fall Break (German-American Day)
Wednesday: Service Learning Project Preparation
Thursday: Symbolism in Fairy Tales
Read: Lüthi: Chapter 5: The Little Earth Cow, pp. 71-81

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Week 7 – October 5-9: Brave Little Tailor: Brain over Brawn - Exam 1


Tuesday: Review Session for Exam 1

Wednesday: Brain over Brawn (The Trickster)
Read: The Complete Fairy Tales,  “Brave Little Tailor,” pp. 73-79

Film: The Brave Little Tailor

Thursday: Exam 1: The test will cover all materials studied in the semester including all required readings and fairy tales.  

Image source: http://images.moviepostershop.com/brave-little-tailor-movie-poster-1938-1020197835.jpg

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Week 5 - September 22-26: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Monday: Hoover Library Visit


Tuesday: Read: The Complete Fairy Tales, “Snow White,” pp. 181-188
Report 7: S. Gilbert and S. Gubar, “The Queen’s Looking Glass,” in The Madwoman in the Attic, pp. 36-44. On Blackboard under Course Documents or On reserve in Hoover Library
Wednesday: Evening Film: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Directed by Walt Disney, 1937 (84 minutes)
Thursday: Film: “DEFA Snow White” East German Production (60 minutes)
Read: Jack Zipes, “Breaking the Disney Spell,” In: Fairy Tale as Myth. Pp. 72-95 On Blackboard under Course Documents

Blog Entry 5: Compare the original tale by the Brothers Grimm with Disney’s film from 1937. Highlight a few differences and similarities. Why did Disney divert from the original version of the tale? What were the reasons? Consider the time when the film was made and also Walt Disney's own story. OR Compare the original tale by the Brothers Grimm with the GDR film version and the Disney film. Which one do you like the most? Why?   Blog is due by Sunday, September 27.

Paper 1 is due by Thursday, October 1.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Week 6 – September 29 - October 3: Snow White, Socialism and Feminism


Tuesday: Snow White, Socialism and Feminism

Report 8: Bruno Bettelheim, "The Jealous Queen in “Snow White” and the Myth of Oedipus” and “Snow White,” In: The Uses of Enchantment, pp. 194-215. On reserve in Hoover Library
Report 9: Marcia Lieberman: “Some Day My Prince Will Come” On Blackboard under Course Documents.
Wednesday: The Stepmother Motif
Read: Anne Sexton, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” On Blackboard/ Course Documents
Report 10: Maria Tatar, “From Nags to Witches: Stepmothers and Other Ogres,” In: The Hard Facts of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, pp. pp. 137-155. On Blackboard/ Course Documents

Thursday: Preparation for Service Learning project – Groups and Ideas for the projects

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Week 4 - September 14-18: Cinderella: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover


Tuesday: The Complete Fairy Tales, “Cinderella,” pp. 69-77
Report 5: Bruno Bettelheim, “Cinderella,” In: The Uses of Enchantment, pp. 236-277. On reserve in Hoover Library
Monday: Career Exploration & Service - Lewis G5
 Wednesday: Evening Film: “Cinderella” by Walt Disney (71 minutes)
Thursday: Discussion of Film and Tale
Report 6: Jack Zipes, “The Triumph of the Underdog: Cinderella’s Legacy,” in: The Enchanted Screen. The Unknown History of Fairy Tale Films. New York: Routledge, 2011, pp.172-191. On Blackboard under Course Documents
Blog Entry 4: Cinderella is one of these so called “rise tales”, which features a narrative arc of “rags to riches through magic and marriage” (Ruth Bottigheimer). Write a reflection on this motif. Can someone reach success or riches with magic or marriage? How realistic is that? Blog is due by Sunday, September 20.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Week 3 - September 7-11: Hänsel & Gretel – The Child as a Hero

Tuesday: Read:  The Complete Fairy Tales, "Hansel and Gretel," pp. 43-49,  "The Juniper Tree," pp. 148-157 and Lüthi: Chapter 4: The Uses of Fairy Tales, pp. 59-70

Wednesday: Global Experinece & Diversity Exploration - Leidy RoomWednesday: Evening Film: “Hansel and Gretel” with Cloris Leachman. MGM 1987

Thursday: The Meaning of Hansel and Gretel
Report 3:
J. Zipes, “The Rationalization of Abandonment and Abuse in Fairy Tales: The Case of Hansel & Gretel.” On Blackboard under Course Documents
Report 4: Bruno Bettelheim, "Hansel and Gretel,” In: The Uses of Enchantment, pp. 159-166. On reserve in Hoover Library
Blog Entry 3: Compare the original Grimm tale with the MGM version. What is different in the film? What is similar? Why did the movie directors make these changes? Blog is due by Sunday, September 13.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week 2: August 31-September 4: Nature of Fairy Tales


Tuesday: Form, Function and Structure of Fairy Tales
Read:
The Complete Fairy Tales, “Brier Rose,” pp. 171-174
 Lüthi: Once Upon a Time, Chapter 1, pp. 21-34
Report 1: Zipes, The Brothers Grimm, Chapter 9, pp. 207-229

Wednesday: Evening Film: Sleeping Beauty by Disney

Thursday: Discussion of Film and Tale - Folk and Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends
Read: Lüthi: Once Upon a Time, Chapters 2-3, pp. 35-57
Report 2: Bruno Bettelheim, “The Sleeping Beauty” In: The Uses of Enchantment, pp. 225-236. On reserve in Hoover Library.
Blog Entry 2: Develop a one-page working definition of a fairy tale based on class discussions, stories and other articles we have read in class.  Blog is due by Sunday, September 6.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Week 1 - August 24-28 - Introduction

Tuesday: What is a fairy tale? What is a folk tale?Once There Were Two Brothers Named Grimm
Read: Zipes, The Brothers Grimm, Chapter 1, pp. 1-23

Wednesday: Film: ”Brothers Grimm” with Matt Damon - Part 1
Wednesday: Evening Film: ”Brothers Grimm” with Matt Damon - Part 2

Thursday: Discussion of Film and Readings
Read: Zipes, The Brothers Grimm, Chapter 2, pp. 25-64
Blog Entry 1: Why did you choose this course as your FYS? What are you hoping to accomplish in the seminar? What is your favorite fairy tale? Why? Blog is due by Sunday, August 30.