jenkins Syllabus 250 F08v10 - German250//English267 The...

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German 250/Comparative World Literatures 250/English 267 The Grimms’ Fairy Tales in Their European Context (course materials are available online through Compass ) Fall 2008 Prof. Robert Jenkins Meets MW 2:00-2:50 Rm: Library 66 (nearest the intersection Armory Ave. and Wright St.) Syllabus v. 1.0 Syllabus subject to change at any time. Office: FLB 3127 Office Hours: T & Th 11-12; 1-2 and by appt. E-Mail: [email protected] (best way to reach me) Office Phone: 244-0605 (this is a shared line) Instructors for Friday Discussion Sections are: Elizabeth Black, Jennifer Bliss, Lori Coulter, Silver Damsen, Nathan Fredrickson, Kelsey Keyes, Carl Lehnen, John O’Neil Friday Discussion Sections and Writing Conferences are mandatory and attendance will be taken. Course Goals : This course should constitute an important contribution to your liberal arts education, of which familiarity with the Western intellectual tradition is a vital part. The class offers you the opportunity to critically analyze fairy tales from continental Europe written between 1600 and 1900. Although our focus is on literary tales, the course is interdisciplinary--we will investigate other storytelling forms and film. In our analyses, we will trace the history of the fairy tale from oral traditions to print and film. We will study some of the more common motifs in fairy tales: the relationship of the virtual (or simulated, fictional) to the real (authentic), socioeconomic class and power, family conflicts, infertility and pregnancy, puberty rituals, sexual desire, incest, punishment, and violence. These motifs will be related to political, economic, social, and cultural life in early modern and Enlightenment Europe (the period preceding the Grimms) as well as in their own time, but we will also consider their continuing relevance today. We will also investigate and apply several different interpretive approaches to the tales and to literary and cultural products in general. These approaches are framed by socio-historical, socio-economic, gender, psychological- philosophical, and semiotic considerations. German 250/Comparative Literature 250/English 267 fulfills the Advanced Composition requirement; several papers are required and rigorous attention will be paid to the development of interpretative, argumentative and analytical skills. The course meets twice a week for lectures and once per week for discussions. All reading, discussion, and writing is conducted in English. Required Texts : 1) Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhelm Grimm. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm . Trans. Jack Zipes. New York: Bantam Books, 2003. (abbreviated as CFT) 2) Strunk, William, and E.B. White. The Elements of Style . 4 th Edition. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2000. 3) Tatar, Maria.
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