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Fall 2018-2019
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Into the Woods! What Disney Didn't Tell You About Fairy Tales

Volker Schröder


This seminar will explore the complex history of the fairy tale genre and address the many critical questions it raises. The readings will include the canonical texts by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault but also many other, lesser-known versions, ranging from Ancient Rome to the Italian Renaissance and the French 18th century, as well as interpretations of these stories by historians, folklorists, psychoanalysts, and literary critics. The second half of the course will examine the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde and conclude with contemporary Anglo-American retellings of the classical narratives.

Sample reading list:
Jack Zipes, The Great Fairy Tale Tradition
Anne Sexton, Transformations
Diane Crone Frank and Jeffrey Frank, The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
Jack Zipes, Oscar Wilde, Complete Fairy Tales

Reading/Writing assignments:
See syllabus

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to First Year Undergraduates Only.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23650 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled