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#3 hannan merritt corrections - TALES OF THE VILLAGE IDIOT...

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T ALES OF THE V ILLAGE I DIOT : R USSIAN AND A MERICAN F OLKLORE _____________________________________ __________________ __________________ FSEM 058 Fall 2007 TR 11:55-1:20 Smith 305 Notes: 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. We will be sure to address these questions in class. WEEK ONE: Nature of fairy tales, Grimm/Disney and reworkings of tale plots. For Tuesday, 8/28: 1. “Snow White” Grimm ( http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0709.html#snowwhite ) 2. “Snow White” Disney (CD) 3. “Cinderella” Grimm ( http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0510a.html#grimm ) 4. “Cinderella” Disney (CD) 5. “Cinderella” Perrault ( http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0510a.html#perrault ) 6. Jack Zipes, “Breaking the Disney Spell” (CD) 7. Linda Dégh, “Grimms' Household Tales and Its Place in the Household: The Social Relevance of a Controversial Classic.” To access, go to http://academic.hws.edu/library/erc.html , 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. Also, note what effect those changes have on the reader in each version. What values are being reinforced in these stories? Note: 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: 1. Neil Gaiman, “Snow, Glass, Apples” ( http://www.holycow.com/dreaming/stories/snow.html ) 2. Terry Pratchett, “Troll Bridge” (CD) 3. Jan Harold Brunvand, The Study of American Folklore, Chapters 1 and 2 (handout) 4. Ever After (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? 1
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WEEK TWO: The Old Russian context, paganism, early literature on folkloric themes. For Tuesday, 9/4: 1. Ivanits, Russian Folk Belief¸ Chapters 1 and 2. 2. Record lines 1-2 of Руслан и Людмила , deposit in Course Dropbox. 3. The Russian Primary Chronicle, “Conversion of Rus” (CD) 4. The Russian Primary Chronicle, “Oleg’s Death” (CD) 5. The Russian Primary Chronicle, “Magicians in Rus” (CD) Writing: 1. Submit a typed and revised version of your first paragraph (“Why are folktales attractive to children?”) and second paragraph ( Ever After) to the dropbox by 11:45 p.m. Monday, and bring original and typed versions to class. For Thursday, 9/6:
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