20 credits at level HE6
This module aims to give you an understanding of one of the oldest and most influential forms of story, which still impacts on us today, whether through film, drama, pantomime, advertisement, newspaper story, or personal narrative. It will explore the origins of the fairy tale, the different types of tale, look at culturally different versions, the move from oral to literary modes, and the shift from adult to child audience, and back.
Students will develop an awareness of a number of classic versions of fairy tales, besides lesser known versions. They will also gain an understanding of the different theoretical approaches adopted to analyse fairy tales (e.g. structuralist, psychoanalytical, feminist), and look at such issues as gender, violence, morality, ethnicity and class in the tales.
The oral tradition vs the literary
Early collections: Straparola, Basile, Perrault and the French Salon tradition
Hans Christian Andersen
Victorian writers and the fairy tale (e.g. John Ruskin, Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Christina Rosetti, George MacDonald, Oscar Wilde)
Twentieth Century reworkings (e.g. Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Emma Donoghue, A.S. Byatt, Salman Rushdie, plus Disney and other animated versions).
There will be 14 sessions of 3 hours, broken down into brief lectures, to introduce and develop topics, followed by class discussion and small group work.
The course will be organised chronologically, looking at a number of fairy tales, and seeking to define the sub-genre. Theoretical approaches and social reactions to the tales will also be discussed.
Individual support and feedback will be built into the classes, plus timetabled tutorial slots.
There are two assessment tasks:
One essay of 2,500 words
Writing a short fairy tale and providing a critical commentary.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand what is meant by the ‘fairy tale’, and how this has changed over time and across cultures.||Show an understanding of the concept of the ‘fairy tale’ and its historical and cultural variation.|
|2.||Have a grasp of various ways theoretical approaches to fairy tale.||Discuss fairy tales in the light of a number of theoretical approaches.|
|3.||Be able to analyse and evaluate a range of fairy tale texts.||Analyse and evaluate a range of fairy tales.|
|4.||Understand the generic conventions of the fairy tale.||Write a fairy tale and give a critical appreciation of it.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Write Short story with critical appreciation||Essay 2500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Primary sources will be drawn from editions containing works by the authors listed above (some available in photocopy)
Ashliman, D. L. ‘Folklinks: Folk and Fairy-tale sites’, 2004. Online. Available: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folklinks.html
Auerbach, Nina and Knopflmacher, U.C. (eds) Forbidden Journeys: Fairy Tales and Fantasies by Victorian Women Writers. Urbana, Ill: Univ Chicago Press, 1992
Bacchilega, Cristina. Postmodern Fairy Tales: gender and narrative strategies. Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press, 1997
Bernheimer, Kate (ed.) Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore their Favorite Fairy Tales. New York: Doubleday Anchor, 1998
Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment: the Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. London: Penguin, 1978
Haase, Donald (ed). Fairy Tales and Feminism: new approaches. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2004
Haase, Donald The Reception of Grimms' Fairy Tales : responses, reactions, revisions Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1993
Harries, Elizabeth Wanning. Twice Upon a Time: Women Writers and the History of the Fairy Tale. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2001
Jones, Steven Swann. The Fairy Tale: genres in context. London: Routledge, 2002
Roemer, Danielle M. Cristina Bacchilega. Angela Carter and the Fairy Tale. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000
Tatar, Maria. Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood. Princeton, NJ: Princeton U.P., 1992
Thomas, Joyce. Inside the Wolf’s Belly: aspects of the fairy tale. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1989
Warner, Marina. From the Beast to the Blonde: on fairy tales and their tellers. London: Chatto & Windus, 1994
Zipes, Jack. Don’t Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England. London: Routledge, 1996
Zipes, Jack. Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: the classical genre for children and the process of civilization. London: Heinemann,1983
Zipes, Jack.Happily Ever After: fairy tales, children and the culture industry. London: Routledge, 1997
Zipes, Jack. When Dreams Come True: classical fairy tales and their traditions. London: Routledge, 1998
[The above are general texts. More specific material on particular works will be given during the course of the module.]
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Studies|
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