Spring 2018





Fairy Tales

Term: 
Spring 2018
Online: 
Yes
Subject Area: 
FOLKLORE (FOLK)
Course Number: 
FOLK 440 640
Schedule: 
Wednesday 7:00pm-8:30pm
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

LEE, LINDA J.

Primary Program: 
Master of Liberal Arts
Course Note: 
Online Course Fee: $150 (in addition to course tuition and fees)
Course Description: 

This course surveys the fairy tale (Marchen) as an oral narrative genre, and in its transformations as literature, sequential art, and film. Though primarily a form of folk narrative, fairy tales have a varied history, not just in oral tradition, but in literature, drama, material culture, and popular culture. Fairy tales have been used alternately to subvert and to reinforce social norms. Topics include classic and contemporary stories from across the globe (including Europe, the Americas, India, Asia, and Africa); issues of "authenticity" and the ownership of tales; fairy tales as folk performance, post-modern pastiche, and material culture; and the genre's relationship to geography, gender, disability, power, science, and desire. This course will serve as a scholarly introduction to the field of Fairy-Tale Studies. And it may examine works from Aleksander Afanas'ev, Giambasttista Basile, Angela Carter, Emma Donoghue, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, David Kaplan, Kirin Narayan, and Bill Willingham.