Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week 12-15

Week 12 – November 14-17: Rapunzel and Tangled
Monday: Read: The Complete Fairy Tales, "Rapunzel,” pp. 42-45
Read: Lüthi: Chapter 8: Rapunzel, pp. 109-119
Tuesday: Film: “Tangled” by Walt Disney, 2010 (100 Min)
Thursday: Guest Speaker: Ms. Mahlia Joyce, ODMA
Discussion of Film and 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 20, 5 p.m.

Week 13 – November 21-24: Grimm Pictures: Fairy Tale Archetypes in Horror and Suspense Films
Monday: Grimm Pictures Fairy Tale Archetypes in Horror and Suspense Films
Evening Film: “Silence of the Lambs”
Tuesday: Discussion of film and the Grimm’s tale
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.
Thursday: No Class – Thanksgiving Recess

Week 14 – November 28 – December 1: Exam 2
Monday: Review Session for Exam 2
Tuesday: Meeting with individual students about their papers
Thursday: Exam 2: All material studied in the second half of the semester.
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, December 4, 5 p.m.

Week 15 – December 5-8
Monday: No Class
Tuesday: Group Project Presentations
Thursday: Group Project Presentations, Reflections and Evaluation

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Week 11 – November 7-10: Villains: Bluebeard & Robber Bridegroom

Monday: Field Trip: Career Services (Smith House): Tour by Jim Majola,

Tuesday: READ: The Complete Fairy Tales, "The Robber Bridegroom," pp. 141-145, "Fitcher's Bird," pp. 155-158, and Charles Perrault “Bluebeard” - On Blackboard under Course Documents.
Evening Film: “Barbe Bleue,” (2009) French Film (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 13.

Paper #2 is due by Monday November 14th.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Week 10 – October 31 – November 3: Little Red Cap

Monday: Guest Speaker: Megan Hearron, Counseling Services: “Strategies for Adjusting to College Life”

Tuesday: Read: The Complete Fairy Tales, "Little Red Cap" (93-96)
Report 13: Kast, Verena, “Little Red Cap. Favorite and Dreaded Folktales from Childhood,” In: Folktales as Therapy, pp. 1-26 On Blackboard under Course Documents.
Evening Film: “Red Riding Hood” or “Hookwinked”

Thursday: Read: Bruno Bettelheim, "Little Red Riding Hood,” in: The Uses of Enchantment, pp. 166-183. On Blackboard under  Course Documents
Report 14: Alan Dundes: Interpreting Little Red Riding Hood Psychoanalytically. In Dundes, Alan. Little Red Riding Hood: A Casebook, pp. 192-236 On Reserve in Hoover Library.

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 6.

Week 9 – October 24–27: Beastly Bride(groom)

Monday: Guest Speaker: Christine Workman, Office of Student Engagement

Tuesday: The Complete Fairy Tales, “The Frog King,” pp. 2-5
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.
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 7: First read the story of “Cupid and Psyche” at, 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 30.

Week 8 - October 17-20: Fall Break – Symbolism in Fairy Tales

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

Friday, October 7, 2011

Blog Entry 6 - Due by Sunday, October 9 by 5 p.m.

Write a midterm reflection about your progress in the class. What have you accomplished in the class so far? Have you achieved your goals? How did you achieve them or not? What were the reasons for that? How much time did you spend studying and preparing for the class? What was the most/ least challenging part of the class? What parts of the class did you enjoy the most and why? Please explain, describe, be specific.  Blog is due by Sunday, October 9 by 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

From Grimm to Disney

Course Description: Once upon a time … For centuries folk and fairy tales have fueled the popular imagination of people of all ages around the world. Fairy tales are perhaps most commonly associated with German literature, especially with the Brothers Grimm. Their tales have been adapted and reinterpreted in many countries. Here in the United States, the Walt Disney company was one of the first in the world to make movies out of the various fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.

This First Year Seminar provides an introduction to the fairy tale tradition, an overview of the most famous German fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and a comparison to the Disney movie adaptations. We will read, discuss and analyze various fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm as well as various Disney film adaptations, which most if not all students grew up with. In addition, the fairy tales will be illuminated from various perspectives, including formalist (structure and style), feminist, and psychoanalytic approaches. 

This seminar fulfills one or more of the following requirements of the McDaniel Plan: First-Year Seminar, Creative Expression, International Western and Textual Analysis

Learning Objectives: Through reading and analyzing fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, students will gain a better understanding of the historical, social-cultural and political situation in 19th century Germany and Europe. In addition, students will learn how to compare the original fairy tales with the filmic adaptations by Walt Disney. This comparison will help students better understand the reasons why Disney has changed and subverted the originals. The course provides the students with the interpretative tools they need to critically examine the fairy tales and understand the fairy tale tradition. The learning objectives will be guided by some fundamental questions: What is the meaning of a particular fairy tale? What do fairy tales tell us about the culture they were crafted in? What do they mean to us today? What devices do the writers employ to accomplish their goals? What motifs and symbols are used in fairy tales and what do they mean? What are the various functions of fairy tales and how are these introduced and used in various tales?

Learning Outcomes: In the course of the semester, the students will improve their reading, writing and speaking skills and at the same time develop the analytical skills needed for a better understanding and an in-depth interpretation of the tales read and the films watched in the class. They will be able to identify motifs and symbols employed in the fairy tales and to critically analyze the tales and the films from various perspectives. In addition, they will write critical essays comparing the original tales with the film adaptations.

How the Learning Objectives will be met: The objectives will be met by using various methods: pre- and post reading assignments, class discussions, creating a blog and writing weekly reflections, taking notes and summarizing the class discussions and posting these summaries onto Blackboard, writing analytical papers, taking in-class  exams, and giving oral reports.