This course emphasizes the close reading of numerous tales collected by the Grimm Brothers, both classics and many lesser-known tales of equal or greater interest. We will study the genesis of Grimms’ collection, which was very different from what most people imagine, and puts the tales in quite a different light. We will also read important scholarship on the Grimms’ tales, while at the same time placing them within larger interpretive contexts. We will also explore both the “iconography” and the “archaeology” of the fairy tale, and will venture outside the Grimms’ collection to examine other fairy tale traditions and their ongoing influence in contemporary society.
Students will create a fairy tale of their own making, and write one essay devoted to either a modern adaptation of one of the Grimms’ tales or a literary tale. There will be detailed class discussions of the materials read, in addition to numerous other smaller homework assignments. Attendance and active participation are vital to a successful grade.
THIS COURSE HAS NO PREREQUISITES AND IT WILL BE TAUGHT ENTIRELY IN ENGLISH.
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