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Spring 2018-2019
ENG 571   No Pass/D/Fail

Literary and Cultural Theory - Storytelling

Diana J. Fuss

What exactly accounts for the power and pleasure of storytelling? This course examines both the story and the telling. Likely topics include oral and written, original and adaptation, telling and retelling, audience and address, enchantment and magic, fascination and fear, trust and trickery, truth and fiction, story and case history, and imagination and transformation. Our test cases take us from the classical tradition of storytelling in The Odyssey, through fairy tales and folk tales, to modern forms of storytelling in the wake of psychoanalysis and the talking cure.

Sample reading list:
Walter Benjamin, "The Storyteller"
C.S. Lewis, "On Stories"
Emily Wilson (trans.), The Odyssey
Maria Tatar (ed.), The Classic Fairy Tales
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Maria Tatar (eds.), The Annotated African American Folktales
Sigmund Freud, Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria

Papers - 65%
Class/Precept Participation - 35%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41678 S01 09:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W        Enrolled:0 Limit:15