CD = “Course Documents” on Blackboard.
All films are available in the library (on Course Reserve for FSEM 058)
The study questions under each day’s assignment are not substitutes for the discussion sheets,
but raise issues you should address in addition to the materials you prepare for the sheets.
will be sure to address these questions in class.
Nature of fairy tales, Grimm/Disney and reworkings of tale plots.
For Tuesday, 8/28:
“Snow White” Grimm (
“Snow White” Disney (CD)
“Cinderella” Grimm (
“Cinderella” Disney (CD)
“Cinderella” Perrault (
Jack Zipes, “Breaking the Disney Spell” (CD)
Linda Dégh, “Grimms'
and Its Place in the Household: The Social
Relevance of a Controversial Classic.”
To access, go to
, select “Choose a Database,” select “JSTOR,” then
“Search,” and type the article title.
Prepare notes on the differences and similarities between each version of the two stories.
note what effect those changes have on the reader in each version.
What values are being
reinforced in these stories?
make sure you have read the guidelines for discussion sheets carefully before completing
the assignments above.
The information is available in the “Assignments” section of the
Blackboard course site.
*Optional Film Viewing:
Wednesday, 8/29, 8:00 p.m., Smith 212
For Thursday, 8/30:
Neil Gaiman, “Snow, Glass, Apples” (
Terry Pratchett, “Troll Bridge” (CD)
Jan Harold Brunvand,
The Study of American Folklore,
Chapters 1 and 2 (handout)
(library film reserve), Video 3551
Note how each story uses a folk tale as its basis and then departs from it, the first in a serious
way, the second in a much more lighthearted vein.
What is the effect of reworking the folk world
in this way?
How have the stories changed the meaning of the tales on which they are based?