GRMN 244/344 – Fairy Tales

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Course Documents

Syllabus and Participation Rubric

Paper Grading Rubrics – EnglishDeutsch


Note: Items in blue below will be linked appropriately well before the assignment is due.

Week 1

Thursday, January 11

  • Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Why fairy tales?
Homework for Tuesday
  • GRMN 244 – Read Tales of the German Imagination, Introduction (pp. ix-xvii) and “The Singing Bone” + “Hansel and Gretel” pp. 5-15
  • GRMN 344 – Lesen Sie diese Einführung und die Märchen: “Der singende Knochen” und “Hänsel und Gretel

Week 2

Unit 1 – Foundations


Tuesday, January 16

  • SNOW DAY – No new homework.

Homework

  • GRMN 244 – Read Tales of the German Imagination, Introduction (pp. ix-xvii) and “The Singing Bone” + “Hansel and Gretel” pp. 5-15
  • GRMN 344 – Lesen Sie diese Einführung und die Märchen: “Der singende Knochen” und “Hänsel und Gretel

Thursday, January 18

Homework


Week 3

Tuesday, January 23

  • Bettelheim
  • Tatar
  • Structuralism / Fairy Tale morphology

Homework


Thursday, January 25

  • Fairy Tales and culture

Homework

  • CF, pp. 1-20, 30-57
  • GERMN 344, statt der englischen Versionen im Textbuch, Lesen Sie diese: Rotkäppchen (1812) und Rotkäppchen (1857), Froschkönig (1812) und Froschkönig (1857). Merken Sie Unterschiede zwischen den Versionen. Sehen Sie auch ReadLang (scroll down to sign up, you’ll love it)

Week 4

Tuesday, January 30

  • Red Riding Hood
  • The Frog Prince
  • Paper 1 Assignment

Homework


Thursday, February 1

  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Gilbert & Gubar

Homework


Week 5

Tuesday, February 6

  • Cinderella
  • Bluebeard

Homework


Thursday, February 8

  • The Trickster Motif
  • Women’s voices in fairy tales

Homework

  • To be assigned by Team 1

Week 6

Unit 2 – Expansions


Tuesday, February 13 – Application Session, Unit 1 – Foundations

Homework


Thursday, February 15

  • The German Novella
  • The Romantic period
  • Eckbert

Homework

  • Everybody: Todorov, “The Fantastic
  • 244: Tales of the German Imagination (GI), The Sand Man by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Part 1 (pp. 19-39, to page break, top of 39)
  • 344: Der Sandmann, Teil 1, bis zum Ende des zweiten Briefs, endet mit “etc. etc. etc.”

Week 7

Tuesday, February 20

  • The Fantastic
  • The Sand Man
  • Representations of trauma

Homework

  • Read the rest of The Sand Man / Der Sandmann
  • Complete Paper 1

Thursday, February 22

  • Turn in Paper 1
  • The Sand Man
  • Excerpts from Freud

Homework

  • 244GI, “Rune Mountain” by Ludwig Tieck, pp. 54-75
  • 344: “Der Runenberg” von Ludwig Tieck

Week 8

Tuesday, February 27

  • Rune Mountain
  • Images of Nature and the Environment

Homework


Thursday, March 1

  • The Marble Statue
  • Gothic Literature

Homework

  • Everybody: “Wake not the Dead” – This story from 1823 is often attributed to Ludwig Tieck, but literary historians have determined that it was actually written by an author named Ernst Raupach. Although originally written in German, this story survives mainly in its English translation. It predates Polidori’s The Vampyre by about 20 years and is considered the first work of vampire fiction.

Week 9

Tuesday 6, March – Spring Break!

Homework

  • Everybody: “Wake not the Dead” – This story from 1823 is often attributed to Ludwig Tieck, but literary historians have determined that it was actually written by an author named Ernst Raupach. Although originally written in German, this story survives mainly in its English translation. It predates Polidori’s The Vampyre by about 20 years and is considered the first work of vampire fiction.

Thursday, March 8 – Spring Break!

Homework

  • Everybody: “Wake not the Dead” – This story from 1823 is often attributed to Ludwig Tieck, but literary historians have determined that it was actually written by an author named Ernst Raupach. Although originally written in German, this story survives mainly in its English translation. It predates Polidori’s The Vampyre by about 20 years and is considered the first work of vampire fiction.

Week 10

Tuesday, March 13

  • Paper 2 Assignment
  • “Wake Not the Dead”
  • Vampire lore and folk literature

Homework

  • To be assigned by Team 2

Thursday, March 15 – Application Session, Unit 2 – Expansions

Homework

  • CF, 205-228
  • BC (The Bloody Chamber) Introduction + 1-47

Week 11

Unit 3 – Explorations


Tuesday, March 20

  • Bluebeard (modern interpretations)

Homework


Thursday, March 22

Homework


Week 12

Tuesday, March 27

  • Turn in Paper 2
  • Omelas
  • Utilitarianism / Altruism

Homework

  • To be assigned by Team 3

Thursday, March 29 – Easter Break

Homework

  • To be assigned by Team 3

Week 13

Tuesday, April 3 – Application Session, Unit 3 – Explorations

Homework

  • The Story of Pinnochio” by Carlo Collodi
  • Read “The Great Puppet Upgrade” by Victoria Nelson
  • Watch the film AI: Artificial Intelligence by Spielberg. Rentable on Prime, iTunes, Google Play, etc. $2.99-$3.99. DVD is available on reserve in the Language Center (1st-floor Palmer)

Thursday, April 5 – NO CLASS MEETING, Prof. Bridges is away at a conference.

  • “The Story of Pinnochio” by Carlo Collodi
  • Read “The Great Puppet Upgrade” by Victoria Nelson
  • Watch the film AI: Artificial Intelligence by Spielberg. Rentable on Prime, iTunes, Google Play, etc. $2.99-$3.99. DVD is available on reserve in the Language Center (1st-floor Palmer)

Week 14

Unit 4 – Reflections


Tuesday, April 10

  • Pinnochio
  • “Secret Life of Puppets”
  • AI by Spielberg
  • Paper 3 Assignment

Homework


Thursday, April 12 

  • Buffy and fairy tales

Homework

  • View “The Princess and the Frog” – rent from iTunes or GooglePlay, DVD available on reserve at the Language Center (1st-floor Palmer)
  • Read article “It is Easy Being Green: Disney’s Post-Racial Princess and Black Magic Nostalgia”

Week 15

Tuesday, April 17

  • Fairy tales and race

Homework

  • Philip K. Dick, “Exhibit Piece”
  • Netflix, Black Mirror, Season 3, Episode 4, “San Junipero
  • Prime Video, Electric Dreams, Season 1, Episode 1, “Real Life

Thursday, April 19

  • Fairy tales as alternate reality

Homework

  • To be assigned by Team 4

Week 16

Tuesday, April 24 – Application Session, Unit 4 – Reflections

Homework

  • Work on Paper 3
  • Per Schelde, SF as Folklore
  • Vivian Sobchak LINK HERE

Thursday, April 26

  • Concluding discussion

Homework

  • Complete Paper 3, Turn in by X DATE