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Studying Fairy Tales
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Different Approaches of Study/Interpretation Classification by motif (Aarne- Thompson) Structural approach (Propp) Psychoanalytic (Bettelheim) Socio-political/Socio-historical (Zipes) Feminist (Leiberman; Warner; etc.) Anthropological (Haney)
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Classification Eras Represented in Wondertales
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Archaic Wondertales Antagonist or villain is a master or mistress of natural forces Oldest of the wondertales, with clearly pagan elements “Jack Frost” (“Baba Yaga;” “Daughter and Stepdaughter”)
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Heroic Wondertales Hero or heroine sent on a quest to a distant place Quest usually involves rescue of a potential mate held against their will or otherwise victimized “Dawn, Evening, and Midnight”
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Heroine-Centered Wondertales Lack of heroine-centered wondertales: why? Telling tales recognized as a male occupation Women did not see themselves as creators of the tales Women’s initiation rites reflected in
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Unformatted text preview: marriage rituals Heroine-Centered Wondertales The heroines adventure often differs from the heros in terms of: 1.) A or a 2.) D E F 3.) other specific challenges the heroine faces that the hero does not 4.) W Heroines Tales The Singing Tree and the Talking Bird-- A or a?-- Tests?-- W? The Feather of Finist the Bright Falcon-- A or a?-- Tests?-- W Someday My Prince Will Come The prettiest is invariably singled out and designated for reward Association between goodness and meekness and beauty; likewise between ill temperament and ugliness She does not have to do anything: she is chosen because she is beautiful Powerful Women in Fairy Tales Are there powerful and good women? Who are they? Powerful and bad women: Extra-human or ugly Wicked and human...
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2010 for the course RUSS 2231 taught by Professor Ragland,ka during the Summer '08 term at Colorado.

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