EUS 301 • European Folktale
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Folktales recur in retellings across national borders and time periods in Europe and beyond, from antiquity through today's popular culture. This class will focus on folktales and their retellings, both in story-form and as film and illustration. To address the cultural and historical importance of such traditions, the class will also include writings of influential nineteenth-century folktale collectors as well as leading theoreticians since that time. These interpretive approaches will include formalist/structuralist (Aarne & Thompson, Propp), psychoanalytical (Bettelheim), socio-historical (Darnton), feminist (Warner), aesthetic (Tolkien) and mythic/archetypal (Jung). Finally, the enduring presence of folktale-derived narrative in current popular culture will also be explored.
This class presupposes no prior work in folklore or the folktale; it is intended to introduce students to a fascinating, multicultural set of texts, and to questions about folk culture, oral tradition, and story-telling that continue to interest anthropologists, literary scholars, linguists, and the general public.
Participation 15% Two tests, 25% each 50% Final Exam (Comprehensive) 35%
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