FFC(10) MW - FFC 100, Section 10: "Beauties, Beasts,...

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FFC 100, Section 10: “Beauties, Beasts, and the Construction of Western ‘Culture’” Fall 2007 MW 2:30-3:45 (WH210) Professor: Dr. Justine K. Van Meter Office: DeMille Hall 134 Office Hours: M/W 11-12:00/1:00-2:30 and F 11-12:00 (and by appointment) E-Mail: vanmeter@chapman.edu Course Objectives/Outcomes: Through the study of the origins and transformations of Western myths and fairy tales, in particular, we will explore how storytelling shapes our sense of ourselves and others. We will investigate how social values and expectations are reflected in or constructed by these tales. We will also explore who the authors of these tales were addressing and what political, historical, and social realities were influencing and guiding their writings. Inevitably, we will ask why and how the recurring motifs within the tales have endured and why and how contemporary authors have subverted or reinforced the themes and lessons of the traditional tales. Above all, we will address how these tales have influenced – and continue to influence – how we understand and define our individual and collective selves as well as those who are other to us. Be prepared: the land of Disney may be near, but our explorations will prove that there is more to these tales than magic castles, sleeping beauties, and singing teacups! Major Topics Covered: I. Definition, and origins, of fairy and folk tales. II. Psychoanalytic, postcolonial, and feminist interpretations/approaches to the tales. III. The “West” and the “Rest”
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IV. Childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. V. Life, Death, and renewal. VI. The “Self,” the “Other,” and the “in-between.” VII. Heroes, heroines, and villains. Required Texts: Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber Maria Tatar (editor), The Classic Fairy Tales Selected Readings (to be distributed) Requirements: I. Readings: The schedule of classes reflects a division between the tales; in other words, each section of the course will focus on one particular, classic tale and will involve historically situating the tale and critically analyzing it (and its variations) in a comparative context. Please bring two questions about
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