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Academic Year 2005/2006
Hansel and Gretel and Co.
GERM 279 FA
Once upon a time, there were two brothers by the name of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. Some of the tales they collected and edited have lived happily ever after, being translated into many languages, adapted to other media,
quoted or alluded to in many contexts. Others are known today only in the German-speaking countries or not at all. In this course we will examine these and many other German fairy tales from a number of
cultural, psychological, sociological. Through close readings of the texts and study of some of the scholarship on fairy tales, we will look for answers to questions such as: How "grim" are the Grimms' tales? What is
relationship between fairy tales and myths? What fairy-tale motifs or plots occur in other (folk) literatures? What function do fairy tales fulfill for children and adults?
Grimm: Fairy Tales
Selected tales by Chamisso, Fouque, Goethe, Hoffmann.
Various articles and texts by Campbell, Bettelheim, Lüthi, Tatar, Zipes, others
Also: Ende, Rowling, Tolkien.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
A weekly journal, several short papers, two oral reports, a final project, possibly collaborative.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Regular attendance and active participation in class mandatory. While the primary texts may be easy to read, the secondary material is more demanding. Students with some proficiency in German are encouraged to read a
portion of the primary and
secondary texts in the original. Additional sessions for audio and video materials may be scheduled.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Grant,Vera K.B.
- Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK414;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 19)
- SR. major: X Jr. major: X
- SR. non-major: X Jr. non-major: X SO: X FR: 19
- Curricular Renewal: Speaking, Writing
- FYI: FYI Seminar
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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