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|Fall 2018 Course Supplement||IAP 2019||Spring 2019 Course Supplement|
Popular Culture and Narrative: The Use and Abuse of the Fairytale
|William Donaldson||TR||9:30 - 11:00||4-253|
This course takes a deep look at a big subject. We ask where Fairy Tales come from, surveying the work of the famous Brothers Grimm, before moving on to historic fairy belief in traditional Celtic societies. We look at the structure of Fairy Tales, and how they are conditioned by oral transmission, and inherited story-telling techniques.
We ask what Fairy Tales mean, considering a range of Freudian and Jungian interpretations, and the claims made for them as a key psychological tool.
There follow two case studies of the abuse of Fairy Tales, firstly by the Nazis in 1930s Germany for the purposes of political indoctrination, and, secondly, by Walt Disney in the famous series of animated movies starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We consider the filmic techniques involved, and the charges of sexism and political conservatism frequently laid at Disney’s door.
We end with a close study of modern literary Fairy Tales from writers including Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens, L. Frank Baum, Margaret Atwood, and Angela Carter.