Lecture 6 - German 250 Week 6 German 250 Plan for Week 6...

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1 German 250 Week 6 German 250 Plan for Week 6 The "Dark Side" of Fairy Tales, Part I: The Anti-Semitic Tales I. Last remarks from Week 5: The Quest Archetype and Tales of Masculinity, continued II. More on the Trouble With Interpreting Fairy Tales and on Intersections (or not) between History and Literature III. History of Anti-Semitism in Europe IV. The Anti-Semitic Tale Type; Anonymous Tales (Website) V. The Grimms' Anti-Semitic Tales VI. Culture and Catastrophe in the German Context VII. The St. J oseph Tales and "Dear Mili"
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2 I. Last Remarks from Week 5 • Archetype of the Quest Hero For Grimms, this archetype = male Classical example = Odysseus Contemporary example = Luke Skywalker • Iron John / Wild Man = epitomizes male tale • For Bly, Iron John embodies something inherently masculine • Bly criticizes contemporary society and finds solutions in what he views as masculine I. Last Remarks from Week 5
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3 “What can be generalized is the principle of connection. The idea that one symbol can only be understood within a connected system of symbols…” R.W. Connell, Masculinities , 2 nd ed. 2005. “[Masculinity] is also inherently relational. ‘Masculinity’ does not exist except in contrast with ‘femininity’. R.W. Connell, Masculinities , 2nd ed. 2005. (cont.) “A culture which does not treat women and men as bearers of polarized character types, at least in principle, does not have a concept of masculinity in the sense of modern European / American culture.” “[T]his was true of European culture itself before the eighteenth century. Women were certainly regarded as different from men, but different in the sense of being incomplete or inferior examples of the same character (for instance, having less of the faculty of reason).” “All societies have cultural accounts of gender, but not all have the concept of ‘masculinity’. In its modern usage the term assumes that one’s behavior results from the type of person one is.”
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4 Study Question 7. In 1990, Robert Bly writes that "Western man's connection with the Wild Man has been disturbed or interrupted for centuries now…. Rather than looking outside for a Wild Man, though, we could look at the traces that remain inside us" (222). He goes on to recommend that men get in touch with those inner "wild" traces by acting on impulse, venerating his body, and embracing the "three percent" genetic difference between men and women ("the three percent difference that makes a person masculine," 99). What do you think of Bly's text? Do you think that Bly is tapping into a fundamentally male characteristic that we see played out in these tales as well as in Into the Wild ? Is it pop-psychology, Promise-Keepers-type rhetoric, or ultimately kind of feminist? II. The Trouble With Interpreting Fairy Tales (Tatar)
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