Policy Statement ENGLISH 351-Fall 2011
FAIRY TALES MW 11:00-12:15/Ferguson 181 Dr. Christine McDermott SFASU English Department Where To Reach Me:
Phone: 468-‐2059; leave a message (I’ll call back) E-mail: send messages to [email protected]
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Office Hours: MW 1:30-‐2:30/TR 10:45-‐noon; 1:45-‐2:45/F 11-‐12:30 & by appointment Office: 227 Liberal Arts North
Introduction to the most familiar fairytales. Students will examine how fairy tales are used in modern work, particularly young adult fiction. Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English Fulfills elective in English and requirement in the Children’s Literature Minor.
Required Materials For This Course:
The Classic Fairy Tales, edited by Maria Tatar (9780393972771) Folk and Fairy Tales, edited by Martin Hallett (9781551118987) The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (9780141332482) Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (9780141329017) Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue (9780064407724) Fitcher’s Brides by Gregory Frost (9780765301956) Beast by Donna Jo Napoli (9780689870057) Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima (978-‐1597802208) Handouts, provided to you Ability to use MLA format Good college dictionary Enthusiasm and the ability to talk in class discussion Ability to keep up with reading
Why Fairy Tales: Fairy tales have their roots in oral folklore and are still told in various forms today. In this class, I’ll introduce you (or re-introduce you) to the most familiar tales, particularly those made popular by Walt Disney (“Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”), as well as those you may not know (“Bluebeard,” “The Frog King,” “The Snow Queen”). We will then look at how fairy tales are used in modern work, particularly adult and young adult fiction and poetry. What do we gain by telling these old stories again? We will discuss how fairy tales developed, why people “need” them (as evidenced by the telling them) and the psychological effects they may/may not produce. By the time you leave class, you should see how much fairy tales permeate contemporary life.
Learning Outcomes (Goals): Reading and interpreting a variety of classic fairy tales (including variants) and articulating their historical and social contexts. Reading a variety of contemporary fairy tales and discussing how their authors manipulated original texts to comment on contemporary issues. Reading contemporary fairy tale criticism from leaders in the field. Becoming more confident in reading and responding to fairy tale literature and criticism. Articulating original ideas about fairy tale literature both in oral and written form.
Keeping This Statement: The packet of paper you are now holding is essentially your rulebook for my class. All of the rules are laid out here. Get to know them. If you do, you will save yourself a lot of trouble later on. Trust me. Refer to this document if you have any questions about how much something counts, anything about absences, expectations.
GRADING BREAKDOWN The course includes daily discussion, reading quizzes, a midterm exam, two papers, and a final exam. Attendance Class Discussion Quizzes Paper One Paper Two Mid-‐term Final Exam
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ATTENDANCE (5%) If you aren’t here, I count you as absent. If you are asleep in my class, you are absent. Please plan your absences wisely and please inform me if there are extenuating circumstances to you not attending class. 0-‐1 absences = A 5 absences = F 2 absences = B 6 absences = fail the course 3 absences = C sleeping in class = 1 absence 4 absences = D coming in late/leaving early = 1/2 absence* *Depending on when you leave; after the first five minutes, that’s a full absence. If you arrive for the last 5 minutes, that’s a full absence. If you come in after the first ½ hour of class, that’s ½ an absence. If you can only stay for 40 minutes, that’s ½ an absence.
Being absent is not an excuse for missed information or assignments. You should either e-‐mail a classmate (or me) to find out what went on in class if you are not able to attend. You should pick up any missed packets or material. You must be responsible for all the material discussed in class on the days you were absent. You are responsible for all material on exams.
CLASS DISCUSSION (15%) Let me stress that I'm not looking for “right” answers, just tell me what you think. I like the classroom to be lively, so don’t hold back! If you do not wish to talk in class, know your discussion grade (as long as you appear attentive) will be no higher than a C and your grade in the course will be no higher than a B. I grade on: Ability to discuss the works in class (high priority) Ability to ask intelligent, thoughtful questions. If you do not understand the story, feel free to ask questions about what it means. Feel free to guess as well (oftentimes you won’t be as off base as you might think). Engagement with material (have you read?) Engagement with other students, particularly when they offer ideas (active listening) Respect for yourself, me, other students. Remember that, although we are talking about fictional plots and characters, they will often touch on a variety of issues that are part of the human character—and because of that, we get attached to them & what they mean. Tread gently but don’t shy away from your opinion either. There is always a chance that you will think that the person talking is a complete idiot, but then again, someone else may think the same of you, so you’re better off not showing it. Even if you don’t agree with someone, treat them well. On the negative side: This is all obvious but I mark you down in participation if I find that you engage in such behavior as reading, doing homework for another class, writing something other than notes, texting, tweeting, talking to other people, especially when another student is talking, sleeping, dozing or acting in any other disruptive way. I also won’t give you a high participation grade if I find that you make one comment at the beginning of class and then “shut off” the rest of the time by staring out the window.
QUIZZES (15%) Quizzes are always given at the beginning of class, before class discussion. Quizzes relate to the reading, and assigned on the syllabus. They will either be structured as A) true-‐false, fill in the blank, multiple choice or one word or short phrase answers B) one question on the reading material which requires a short paragraph response C) a “group quiz”—you’re put into groups & must develop a written & oral response. Their purpose is mainly to help you learn to read material for detail. They also give me a good idea of how well you’re doing with the reading. You’ll be expected to be able to name any of these: the author, when the story was written and/or published, when the story is set, the characters (their names, personal traits), aspects of the setting, important objects and events. Ten question quizzes are graded like this: 10-‐9=A; 8=B; 7=C; 6=D; 5 or less=F. Paragraph answers/group quizzes are graded with A, B, C, D, F. If you do poorly on a quiz, I will assume you have not read the assignment on that day which affects your participation grade. There are several, so if you miss or do poorly on one or two, this will not dramatically your grade. If you are continually receiving poor grades on quizzes, but reading the material, please see me for help. Note: There are NO make-up quizzes.
There is no mystery to writing papers: be professional in your approach, precise in your word choice, neat in your presentation, and follow the guidelines and examples. Always keep copies of what you write for your own protection. Do not give me the original of anything. In the event that your work should be lost, or misplaced, you want to make sure you have a back-‐up. ALL PAPERS MUST: Be in essay form (intro, body of evidence, conclusion) and use a formal, academic tone. Be typed, double-‐spaced in MLA format in a serifed font. This is a serifed font; Arial and Helvetica are not. Have a standard heading on the top LEFT corner of the page (your name, date, my name, class title). Have an original title (DO NOT use the title of the author’s story as your title) describing your topic. Include your last name and the page number on each subsequent page (in RIGHT hand corner). Be printed in clear ink on good quality paper (mimeo, copy paper, printer paper). Be stapled —this lowers the risk of pages of your paper being misplaced. Use quotes from the primary & secondary work as support. Use parenthetical citation.
PAPER ONE (15%)—Critical Assessment I will give you a choice of questions, which will detail critics’ responses to the classic fairy tales. You will need to choose one question and answer it in essay form (5 pages), explaining whether or not you agree with the critic’s assessment of the tale, explaining precisely why or why not, using quotes from both the critical article and the original story as support. The criticism from the top scholars in the field—C.S. Lewis, Maria Tatar, Marina Warner, Bruno Bettelheim, Jack Zipes, Donald Haase—will be given to you during section one of the course.
PAPER TWO (15%)—Retelling Analysis Choose two contemporary retellings, one must be from the contemporary section of the class. Please discuss the effectiveness of the authors’ retellings and what they say about social/political/cultural concerns. For example, you could discuss Donoghue’s “Tale of the Rose” and Napoli’s Beast’s reworking of the Beauty and the Beast Tale (both texts in course) as texts which promote choosing your own romantic partner instead of a partner that social convention has dictated for you. Perhaps you could discuss how Wendy Wheeler’s “Little Red” and the recent Little Red Riding Hood movie with Amanda Seyfried deal with Perrault’s original concern about predatory males. If you are using an outside choice, please clear that with me first. This paper should be 5 pages long and be turned in on the due date listed. Be aware I will FAIL the following: Late papers & assignments (Papers must be ready at the start of class) Incomplete papers Papers not typed in standard format as listed above Papers with an abundance of spelling/grammatical errors Plagiarized papers will result in failure of the assignment and the course—as well as notification to the Chair & Dean.
I would also urge you to be sensible in your approach to writing. We will probably joke a lot in class (I tend to) but when it comes to the paper, be as serious as possible. You don't want to use any kind of slang (chicks for women, for example), and you probably don't want to say offensive things. In other words, remember your audience. I am interested in different approaches, but make sure they can be supported by logical reasoning and examples from the story.
GRADING FOR PAPERS I grade on both content (logic, reasonable tone, use of examples) and form (spelling, verb tense agreements, and sentence structure). Although there will be several, none of my comments are meant to suggest you are a hopeless or stupid writer/student. Rather they are intended to help you improve your ability to articulate your thoughts on paper. Please feel free to ask me to explain any comments I have given you, especially if they do not make sense to you. This is how I look at grades and what they mean: A best written, grammatically correct, insightful B well written, grammatically above average, above average argumentation but not exceptional C average, grammatical errors present, simplistic but not incorrect D written in fragments or run-ons, limited or with errors in terms of writing or in terms of meeting assignment requirements F plagiarized, grammatically unreadable, incomplete, does not fulfill assignment, not handed in by deadline. Note: All students start off as “C” students and are such until they prove they are “above average” or “below average.”
MID-TERM EXAM (15%) There will be an in-class midterm which will test your knowledge on the first part of the course. It will cover classic fairy tales, the Golden Age material, all critical articles, as well as any lecture notes. You will need to be able to put fairy tales in context. This exam may consist of identification of important passages, short answer, and/or essay questions (there will be a choice of questions in each section to answer).
FINAL EXAM (20%) There will be an in-class final during finals week which will test your knowledge on the materials studied in the course. It will cover the retellings we’ve read and refer back to the classic fairytales, as they apply. You should be able to apply important ideas and concepts to the contemporary stories we’ve studied in particular. This exam may consist of identification of important passages, short answer, and/or essay questions (there will be a choice of questions in each section to answer).
Generally, I’m pretty easy going, but in the effort of fairness—here’s some things that drive me crazy. Don’t do them and we’ll all have a happy semester! Talking when others are talking. If someone “has the floor,” he/she is usually trying to make a worthwhile point. It will be in your interest to listen to them because it is both polite and because it may show up on a test question. Texting, looking at the cell phone, etc. is so obviously not acceptable that I shouldn’t have to put it down here, but you never know. Clearly this would affect your participation grade. I try to be upfront about expectations and due dates. I write them down on the board, tell you in class and usually on the assignment sheet/syllabus. You shouldn’t have to ask me when the due date for something is. If you choose not to do something, you will be graded accordingly. Okay, here’s the weird one—a lot of you already know it—I can’t stand it when people pack up early. I will try to never hold class over the allotted time, but if I am talking or someone else is, don’t move. Sit and listen—when I say “that’s it for today” you can start closing your book, putting stuff away, or zipping/unzipping your backpacks. Meanness, prejudicial comments, etc. Don’t treat anyone in a way you wouldn’t like to be treated yourself. It’s bad karma. Arrogance, rudeness, general nastiness doesn’t fly here. “I missed Monday (or Wednesday). Did we do anything important?”
When you write to a professor, an email is like a business letter. It is a good idea to put your best foot forward. Here are some tips. • Make sure you have a subject line; I know I tend to ignore things that don’t have one. So, “English 351” in the subject line is helpful, or “Breanne from 351” • A salutation is nice: “Hi, Dr. M,” is fine. “Dear Dr. McDermott” is nice, too. • Be succinct and to the point about what you need: “Could we set up an appointment to talk about why I keep failing quizzes?” • Make sure you have checked your email for spelling errors/typos • Don’t use abbreviations (“U r annoying,” for example). Email should be formal. • End with a signature: “Thanks, Breanne” •
Try to avoid writing last minute. If you write an email at 3 am, I won’t answer it before late morning. I usually don’t check or respond to non-‐personal email between the hours of 8 p.m.-‐9 a.m. Expect an answer in 12 hours. Do not expect an answer on Saturday.
Last Words College can be very demanding. So, while keeping your goals in mind, also take the time to take care of yourself. You won’t succeed if you spread yourself too thin. So be good to you, and when things get bleak remember to relax and have fun! Or in the words of the Disney Fairies, remember “faith, trust & pixie dust!”
Enjoy the semester.
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Withheld Grades Semester Grades Policy (A-54) Ordinarily, at the discretion of the instructor of record and with the approval of the academic chair/director, a grade of WH will be assigned only if the student cannot complete the course work because of unavoidable circumstances. Students must complete the work within one calendar year from the end of the semester in which they receive a WH, or the grade automatically becomes an F. If students register for the same course in future terms the WH will automatically become an F and will be counted as a repeated course for the purpose of computing the grade point average.
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Syllabus for English 351- Fairy Tales
Dr. Christine McDermott (Subject to Change) Quizzes are usually given daily. Keep up with the reading to do well on the quizzes.
WEEK ONE 8/29 M 8/31 W
Introduction to the Course; Go over Syllabus/Policies. Lecture on History of the Fairy Tale
WEEK TWO 9/5 M 9/10 W
LABOR DAY Ways of looking at fairy tales. HOMEWORK: Read Grimms' “Hansel & Gretel” (CFT 184-190), Grimms’ “The Juniper Tree” (CFT 190-7), French tale, “Story of Grandmother,” (CFT 1011), Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood” (CFT 11-13), Grimms’ “Little Red Cap” (CFT 10-16), “Rumpelstiltskin” (FFT 227-229) & C. S. Lewis’s article “On Three Ways of Writing for Children” (handout)
WEEK THREE 9/12 M
Quiz, discuss tales. HOMEWORK: Read “Snow White” (CFT 83-90), Basile’s “Sun, Moon & Talia,” Perrault’s “Sleeping Beauty,” and Grimms’ “Brier Rose” (FFT 67-78) & Grimms’ “Rapunzel” (FFT154-155), Bettelheim’s article on “Sleeping Beauty” (handout). Group A writes paper. Quiz, discuss tales/Group A’s papers due. HOMEWORK: Read Maria Tatar’s introduction (CFT 101-107). Read Perrault’s “Donkeyskin” (CFT 109-117), Perrault’s “Cinderella” (FFT 97-102), Grimms’ “Cinderella” (CFT 117-122). Grimms’ “The Goose Girl” (FFT 277-281).
WEEK FOUR 9/19 M
Quiz, discuss tales. HOMEWORK: Read “Bluebeard,” (CFT 144-8), “Fitcher’s Bird” (CFT 148-151) “Robber Bridegroom,” (CFT 151-4); Read Terri Windling’s article on “Bluebeard and the Bloody Chamber” (http://www.endicott-‐ studio.com/rdrm/forblue.html). Group B writes paper. Quiz, discuss tales/Group B’s paper’s due. HOMEWORK: Read “Beauty & the Beast” (CFT 32-‐42), “Frog Prince” (CFT 47-‐50) and “Melusine” (handout). Read Zipes’s article “Origins of the Fairy Tale” (handout). Group C writes papers.
WEEK FIVE 9/26 M 9/28 W
Quiz, discuss tales/Group C’s papers due. Introduction to Golden Age. HOMEWORK: Read intro on Andersen (CFT 212216). In Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales: Read The Little Mermaid” (30-60) “Thumbelina” (4-20) and “The Snow Queen” (99-144).
WEEK SIX 10/3 M
Quiz, Discuss Andersen. HOMEWORK: Read Mary Morgan’s “The Toy Princess” (FFT 241-250), Oscar Wilde’s story “The Happy Prince” (FFT 250256), Housman’s story “The Rooted Lover” (handout) Quiz, Discuss Wilde, Morgan, Housman. HOMEWORK: Read George MacDonald’s Princess and the Goblin. (pg 1-109 or end of Chapter 14)
WEEK SEVEN 10/10 M 10/12 W
Quiz, Discuss Princess and the Goblin (to Chapter 14). HOMEWORK: Finish Princess and the Goblin and info about MacDonald (handout) Quiz, Discuss Princess and the Goblin. HOMEWORK: Read Lucy Clifford’s “The New Mother” & H. G. Wells’ “The Magic Shop” (handout)
WEEK EIGHT 10/17 M 10/19 W
Quiz, Discuss Clifford & Wells. HOMEWORK: Study for Midterm. MIDTERM EXAM. HOMEWORK: Read contemporary poems to discuss ways to look into the contemporary fairy tale (handout).
WEEK NINE 10/24 M
Discuss re-tellings/shift into contemporary literature. HOMEWORK: Read Angela Carter’s “Tiger’s Bride,”(CFT) and “The Company of Wolves,” (FFT 4755) and Anne Sexton’s “Briar Rose” (handout). Quiz, Discuss Anne Sexton & Angela Carter. HOMEWORK: Wendy Wheeler’s “Little Red” (HEA 331-340)/Patricia Briggs’ “The Price” (HEA 349-362).
WEEK TEN 10/31 M 11/2 W
Quiz, Discuss Wheeler & Briggs. HOMEWORK: Read Tanith Lee’s “When The Clock Strikes” (FFT 117-129)/Karen Joy Fowler’s “The Black Fairy’s Curse” (HEA 79-82) Quiz, Discuss Lee & Fowler. HOMEWORK: Read Gregory Frost’s Fitcher’s Brides (to page 230).
WEEK ELEVEN 11/7 M 11/9 W
Quiz, Discuss Fitcher’s Brides (to 230). HOMEWORK: Frost’s Fitcher’s Brides (to page 298) Quiz, Discuss Fitcher’s Brides (to 298). HOMEWORK: Finish Frost’s Fitcher’s Brides. Group 1 writes papers.
WEEK TWELVE 11/14 M 11/16 W
Quiz, Discuss Fitcher’s Brides/Group 1 papers due. HOMEWORK: Read Kissing the Witch (to 114). Quiz, Discuss Kissing the Witch (to 114). HOMEWORK: Finish Kissing the Witch. Group 2 writes papers.
WEEK THIRTEEN M 11/21
Quiz, Discuss Kissing the Witch/Group 2 papers due. HOMEWORK: Read Garth Nix’s “Hansel’s Eyes” (HEA 155-162)/Francesca Lia Block’s “Ice” (handout).
THANKSGIVING WEEK FOURTEEN 11/28 M
Quiz, Discuss Nix & Block. HOMEWORK: Read Napoli’s Beast.
Quiz, Discuss Napoli’s Beast. HOMEWORK: Finish Beast. Group 3 writes papers.
WEEK FIFTEEN 12/5 M
Discuss Napoli’s Beast. Group 3 papers due. HOMEWORK: Read Jane Yolen’s “Snow in Summer” (HEA 185-190) and “The Moon Ribbon” (handout) Quiz, Discuss Yolen & final
FINAL—Monday, December 12th 10:30-12:30pm.