The Fairy Tale and Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Fairy Tale & Literature

Fall 2019

Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Section: A

CRN: 7228

Credits: 4

Adults need erotic literature just as children need fairy tales, according to Havelock Ellis. Yet fairy tales themselves have an erotic and adult history. Why do children need them? What do they mean? How do they fill our collective imagination with remnants of ancient history? This course surveys a number of recent approaches to the European fairy tale. We begin by looking for common narrative functions in a set of stories. Next we examine the fairy tale as a genre with a history through multiple versions of the story of Cinderella. We also compare fairy tales with short stories by Hoffmann and Poe and consider feminist approaches to the classic tales. Students read tales by Charles Perrault, Mme. d’Aulnoy, Mlle. de La Force, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Angela Carter and essays by Vladimir Propp, Jack Zipes, Sigmund Freud, and Maria Tatar.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:07am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 615

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019