Fairy Tales and Fables


Study of storytelling and of stories as core binding elements in the social fabric of one's culture. Discussion includes a cross-cultural and historical examination of selected stories that present both similar and divergent themes. Emphasis on the constructions and mechanisms found in the stories as well as the social, cultural, political, and aesthetic values which they perpetuate and transmit. The impact of the stories upon ethnocentrism and gender role expectations is discussed. Contemporary adaptations of ancient and classical stories are also discussed. (Cultural Diversity) Fall Only.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture