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Classic Fairy Tales Reconsidered

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Introducing today's students to the original versions of fairy tales. Make them aware the the tradition continues to present times.

Originally, fairy tales were not intended for children but throughout much of their history were told among adult audiences for entertainment and instruction. During Romanticism, fairy tales were understood as tales sending a strong moral and didactic message. The basic structure and narrative conventions are provided through magic, supernatural elements and happy endings. As a sub-genre of folktales, we will re-read the classics Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, Little Red Riding hood, Puss-in-Boots, and Sleeping Beauty from a contemporary author's perspective, starting with Apuleius, Straparola, Basile, Perrault, and the Grimm Brothers. We will then compare their versions to 20th-century re-tellings by British author Angela Carter.

• appreciate diversity and human differences in a variety of cultures,
• demonstrate an understanding of literature as a work of art,
• identify and define literary elements, genres and artistic movements,
• ask informed questions, discuss interpretations, experiment with new ideas, share your insights with others,
• have acquired a literary vocabulary and developed an understanding of how to access new texts,
• apply the acquired conceptual tools with which to approach literature to other fields,
• critically analyze a text based on your own observations and close reading,
• read complex texts critically and write effectively about them,
• think, write and speak critically and analytically about crucial issues and then use your new skills to write clear, coherent, well-structured papers using a given text as support to your claims and as illustrations to your thesis about a literary work,
• have a better understanding and appreciation of literature from other cultures.
• Finally, you will have developed some learning skills as well as adult-level writing and conversation techniques that should serve you well throughout your college career.