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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Spring 2008

EUS 301 • Grimm's Fairy Tales-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36347 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
MEZ 1.120

Course Description

This course focuses on one of the most popular works of German literature, namely the Kinder- und Hausmärchen of the Brothers Grimm. After a biographical introduction and a brief discussion of the Grimms' contributions to other scholarly fields like linguistics and politics, we will spend the bulk of the semester reading and discussing tales from the Grimms collection, as well as some of the relevant secondary literature on the tales. We will address questions like the following: In what cultural context did Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm collect their fairy tales? Who did they get the tales from? How have the tales been received at different times in different cultures? Do the tales really reflect Germanic culture, or have they been revised in line with the Grimms personal beliefs? Do the tales advocate any specific values ("the moral of the story is&")? How have they served or not served the interests of the German state(s) in the present and in the past? We will also look at possible interpretations of the tales from different theoretical perspectives (feminist, psychoanalytic, etc.). Knowledge of German is not required, as all readings and discussions are in English.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. Students will be required to write three 6-7 page papers (the first two of which may be revised and resubmitted). There will also be three in-class written exercises. Grades: 20% per paper, 10% per written exercise, 10% class participation (regular attendance and participation in class discussion).


The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales, by Maria Tatar, expanded 2d edition The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World, by Jack Zipes, 2d edition, The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, edited and translated by Jack Zipes Coursepack, to be made available at a location to be determined


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