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Unformatted text preview: FAIRY TALES -- LIT3930H Professor: Dr. Kevin Yee January 8th Class Notes Fairy Tales- Come from the French word Contes de Fees (Stories of Fairies)-First termed by Charles Perrault.- The German word marchen means little story.- The word madchen, meaning little maid, entitles whom the stories were usu- ally about (i.e. Cinderella, Snow White).- The German term volksmarchen can then be translated as folk little story or simply folk tales. Mother Goose-The modern equivalent to fairy tales.-Commonly known as nursery rhymes, the title Mother Goose came from the French as a subtitle to books of such stories.- Mother Goose was a French term of affection for an old woman.- While fairy tales are already short, Nursery Rhymes are much shorter. Memes- From the Greek mimesis -- to imitate, or mime.- A modern day example: I Can Has Cheezburger? which imitates language in an absurd fashion....
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