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Writing Wonder: Understanding Fairy Tales and Society 


ENG 4503-01

Fall 2016

21 August – 7 December 2016

TH 2:30-3:45


Course Wiki – http://wsufairytales.pbworks.com 


Instructor: Dr. Abigail Heiniger

Office: 002 Rish Hall 

Office Hours: MWF 8-8:55, 10-10:55; MW 2-2:30; TH 2-2:25, 3:45-4:15


     Phone: (276) 326-4275

     Email: aheiniger@bluefield.edu 



Registration Information 

Last day to ADD or WITHDRAW from course without a “W” is 29 August 2016.

Last day to WITHDRAW from course is 11 November 2016


Course Description:

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary context of major French and German fairy tales. The literary fairy tale developed as a specific genre in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in France and Germany. This course explores the evolution of fairy tales, emphasizing the transformation this literary genre into various media. Positioning specific fairy tales in their linguistic, national, and sociocultural context will allow students to map both the evolution and cultural impact of these narratives. Fairy tales will be paired with major fairy tale theories, introducing students to different veins of critical thought about these texts.   


Learning Objectives:

As a 4000-level special topics course in English Literature:

  • this course will provide students introduce students to the interdisciplinary context of traditional fairy tales.
  • this course will allow students to contextualize specific fairy tales in their sociocultural moment and map the evolution of these tales in a variety of media.
  • this course will introduce students to major fairy tale theories, including those by Zipes, Tatar, Lüthi, Hearne, and Bottingheimer.  
  • this course will help students hone their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.


Texts and Supplies

Required Texts:

Material posted on the course wiki.

Writing Wonder: Understanding Fairy Tales and Society Wiki Account.

A Bluefield College e-mail address you check regularly.

A Turnitin.com account (through BC)


Online Resources:

SurLaLune Fairy Tales Website

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Website 

Grimms' Fairy Tales Website

Kinder und Hausmärchen

Perrault's Fairy Tales

Contes de Perrault  

Folklinks Website (see DL Ashlimen's website for further resources) 


Bluefield College has partnered with Rafter360 in a textbook rental and materials program. There is a link in the student tab of MyBC which connects students directly to their Rafter360 dashboard. The dashboard provides a multitude of information, including which textbooks are being provided for each course of your courses, your name, student ID number, shipping address (to be updated by you) and more. For online courses, students will print shipping labels at the end of the semester from the Rafter360 dashboard to return their rented textbooks. Additional information is available on the College website. Questions regarding the Rafter360 program may be directed to BC Central.  



In addition our major projects (listed below), students will also be evaluated based on their participation in class throughout the semester. Due dates for assignments can be found below (as well as on the Course page).


Credit breakdown for assignments is as follows: 

Fairy Tales in Visual Media. 200 points (20% of total grade).

For the midterm project, apply one of the work of one of the theorists from the course to compare a literary fairy tale to a fairytale film. Analysis should include a formal visual analysis.

Final Paper. 300 points (30% of total grade).

For the final research paper, examine the evolution of a specific fairy tale using one of the critical lens (theories) from class.

Group Presentation. 100 points (10% of total grade).

Each group will give a 10-15 minute presentation on one of the assigned critical readings.

Each group member will write a 3-5 page paper applying the scholarship/theory to a do a close reading of a different fairy tale.

Exams and Quizzes. 300 points (30% of total grade).

Attendance and Participation. 100 points (10% of total grade).

Total Points: 1000


All papers are to adhere to MLA guidelines (available online through the WSU Writing Center and in Course Materials).



This course uses the official grading system on Blackboard. Although individual projects in this course have specific grading guidelines, the general rubric for grades in our course is as follows:


The "A" Paper


The "A" paper has an excellent sense of the rhetorical situation. Its aim is clear and consistent throughout the paper. It attends to the needs of its audience and the topic itself is effectively narrowed and clearly defined.

The content is appropriately developed for the assignment and rhetorical situation. The supporting details or evidence are convincingly presented. The reasoning is valid and shows an awareness of the complexities of the subject. If secondary sources are used, they are appropriately selected and cited.

The organization demonstrates a clear and effective strategy. The introduction establishes the writer's credibility and the conclusion effectively completes the essay: paragraphs are coherent, developed, and show effective structural principles.

The expression is very clear, accessible, concrete. It displays ease with idiom and a broad range of diction. It shows facility with a great variety of sentence options and the punctuation and subordinate structures that these require. It has few errors, none of which seriously undermines the effectiveness of the paper for educated readers.


The "B" Paper

The "B" paper has a good sense of the rhetorical situation. It shows awareness of purpose and focuses on a clearly defined topic.

The content is well developed and the reasoning usually valid and convincing. Evidence and supporting details are adequate.

The organization is clear and easy to follow: the introduction and conclusion are effective, and transitions within and between paragraphs are finessed reasonably well.

The paper has few errors, especially serious sentence errors. Sentences show some variety in length, structure, and complexity. Punctuation, grammar, and spelling conform to the conventions of edited Standard American English.


The "C" Paper

The "C" paper has an adequate sense of the rhetorical situation. Its purpose is clear and it is focused on an appropriate central idea. The topic may be unoriginal, but the assignment has been followed, if not fulfilled.

The content is adequately developed. The major points are supported, and paragraphs are appropriately divided, with enough specific details to make the ideas clear. The reasoning is valid.

The organization is clear and fairly easy to follow. The introduction and conclusion are adequate; transitions are mechanical but appropriate.

The expression is generally correct, although it shows little competence with sentence variety (in length and structure) and emphasis. The paper is generally free of major sentence and grammar errors and indicates mastery of most conventions of edited Standard American English.


The "D" Paper

The "D" paper has a limited sense of the rhetorical situation. Its purpose may not be clear, its topic may not be interesting to or appropriate for its audience.

The content is inadequately developed. The evidence is insufficient, and supporting details or examples are absent or irrelevant.

Organization is deficient. Introductions or conclusions are not clearly marked or functional. Paragraphs are not coherently developed or linked to each other. The arrangement of material within paragraphs may be confusing.

Expression demonstrates an awareness of a very limited range of stylistic options. It is marred by numerous errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation that detract from a reader’s comprehension of the text.


The "F" Paper

There is no sense of the rhetorical situation or of the objectives of the assignment as described in the syllabus.

The content is insufficiently developed and does not go beyond the obvious. The reasoning is deeply flawed.

The organization is very difficult to follow. Sentences may not be appropriately grouped into paragraphs, or paragraphs may not be arranged logically. Transitions are not present or are inappropriate.

The number and seriousness of errors—in grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.—significantly obstruct comprehension.


Late Work


I do not accept late work - for your writing to receive credit it must be posted in the appropriate space on the wiki (and in Turnitin) by the deadline, otherwise I will comment on it, but it will not receive credit. 


Papers will only be graded from Turnitin.




Bluefield College Attendance Policy Statement


Regular class attendance is recognized as critical to the teaching and learning process.  Students must attend a minimum of 75% of classes in a course to receive academic credit. This college-wide policy serves as the basis for the instructor’s individual attendance policies as described in her or his course syllabi.  This policy clarifies the consequences of the student’s decision for not attending class sessions.  Instructors will maintain class rolls for all courses.  At the discretion of the instructor, unexcused absences can result in severe academic penalties ranging from: academic withdrawal; reductions in course final grades; out-of-class reading assignments with in-class oral reports, to out-of-class meetings with the course instructor.  All such penalties must be included in the course syllabi. For this course, 12 absences (class meeting and conferences) will result in failure of the course.


As this is a discussion and workshop-driven class, attendance of all participants is particularly important. You are allowed two unexcused absences; subsequent absences will result in a reduction of your final grade by 5% for each unexcused absence (and missing more than 25% of the course will result in a failing grade). You are also encouraged to make use of office hours.


Please be on time and prepared to learn. In respect for your classmates and professor, once the attendance sheet is passed, you may not sign in and receive credit for attending. You are welcome to stay and listen to the lecture and participate, but it will be marked as an absence. Leaving early without prior permission will also count as an absence.


N.B. Attendance and participation in class, conferences, and rough draft workshops comprises 10% of the final grade.


Sharing Student Work 

English 4503 is a collaborative course, as such we will be sharing our writing throughout the semester as a means to helping each other become better writers and thinkers. To better facilitate this process, I will be using selections of your work during class as examples. If you would prefer that I not use your work, please let me know by the end of the first week of the semester.


Media Policy 

I encourage you to use your laptops, computers and Internet connections to search out information relevant to class during class. However, browsing unrelated to the class (as well as other media use - texting, IMing, etc.) will be grounds for expulsion from the course.


I expect professional behavior in the classroom. Please do not allow cell phones or other electronic devices to interrupt class. Please refrain from texting. Repeated interruptions will be held accountable as one unexcused absence.


Academic Dishonesty



Students in this course as in all Bluefield College courses are expected to complete their own assignments and to cite all sources for material they use. See the Bluefield College Student Handbook for information on plagiarism and the Honor Code.



“Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs, 29:2

Bluefield College is committed to the pursuit of truth, the dissemination of knowledge, and the high ideals of personal honor and respect for the rights of others. These goals can only be achieved in a setting in which intellectual honesty and personal integrity are highly valued and other individuals are respected.  This academic code of conduct reflects our corporate and earnest desire to live lives of honor that are above reproach, based upon Christian principles.  Each member of the community is called upon to understand and agree to its concepts and to operate within its spirit.


Honor is an ideal and an obligation that exists in the human spirit and lives in the relations between human beings.  An honorable person shall not lie or cheat or steal. In all scholarly work produced by community members, academic honesty is inherent and apparent, the work being the original work of the author unless credit is given through the use of citations and references.


In all relationships, the college community expects respect and integrity between its members and toward all peoples and organizations. Honesty and civility are required elements of an effective learning environment. Truthfulness and respect for others are shared values of Bluefield College and are expected characteristics of its members


Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of ideas and information from sources without proper citation and documentation (e.g., copying from texts or pasting from websites without quoting, and not providing a complete list of Works Cited). Students are required to sign a plagiarism statement, declaring all work is original.


In English 4503, the first instance of plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the entire assignment. Any subsequent infringements will result in a failure of the course. See the Bluefield Honor Code for more information.


To prevent and detect plagiarism in this course, all major assignments will be submitted to Turnitin.com.


Incomplete Policy 

I generally do not allow “Incompletes,” it is the responsibility of students to complete all work in a timely fashion; failure to do so will be reflected in the student’s grade unless that student withdraws from the course. Exceptions to this policy are rare and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. If you decide to leave the course, be sure to withdraw within the allotted time. Failure to do so will demand a failing grade at the semester’s end.


Dual Enrollment

For dual enrollment students, remember that you have enrolled in a college level course with high expectations. Each course is different in its requirements to include theory, application, and depth of reflection and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. Please do not make any assumptions about the course based on the title or your preferences for learning a subject. As a Dual Enrollment student, you should communicate with the instructor to gauge your ability to meet these requirements within the first 2 days of the course--prior to census--giving you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements might extend beyond your current level of learning. Course expectations will neither change nor be amended for you as a Dual Enrollment student since courses are designed to meet certain learning objectives and produce specific learning outcomes.



The Vocatio program requires that all students in the traditional program attend 10 chapel (worship) and five convocation (academic) events each semester as a requirement for graduation. Chapel and convocation programs focus on the general education core themes of Inquiry, Character, Citizenship and Wellness.

Chapel/Worship Services: Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., students, faculty, and staff gather for chapel. In order to prepare for chapel events, Wednesday classes end early at 9:45 a.m., and students will not be excused earlier than 9:45 a.m. for participation or leadership in convocation events. The attendance policy and schedule of programs are available through the Office of Student Development.

Convocation/Academic Events:  Convocation events are offered in numerous forums throughout the academic year at the initiative of faculty in the traditional program. The schedule of events is available through MyBC under the Student tab, and then by clicking on the Student Life icon. Attendance for convocation events is tracked by the Office of Academic Affairs, and the schedule of programs is governed by the Faculty’s Student Development Committee.





Anyone with a Bluefield College email address may sign up for a FREE account at Grammarly.com/edu.  Visit Grammarly.com/edu and select the sign up button.  When prompted, complete the sign up form using your BC email address. An activation link will be mailed to your BC email address and you must use that link to finish your registration.  After completing this step your account setup is complete.  If you have trouble, please go to the link titled “Instant Writing Help” under the ACE quick link on myBC.  Email ckieloch@bluefield.edu for additional help with Grammarly.



Bluefield College’s ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) is located on the lowest level of Rish Hall. Mrs. Brenda Workman, Director of Student Success, and the staff of ACE are available to assist with student needs.  They connect students with tutors who can guide student learning and offer a variety of academic support services.   Students may contact Brenda Workman at bworkman@bluefield.edu or by phone at 800-872-0175 ext. 4220.  The ACE quick-link on myBC has a variety of study resources and information for all students.



Students may also receive assistance with most writing assignments by using the ACE Writing Lab for face-to-face appointments or by accessing the ACE Online Writing Lab.  Face-to-face writing lab hours will be posted outside the ACE and also on the ACE social media pages.  Students may email Brenda Workman (bworkman@bluefield.edu) about connecting with a face-to-face writing tutor if they cannot visit during lab hours.


Students may receive assistance with Math courses through the ACE Math Lab.  Math lab hours will be posted outside the ACE and also on ACE social media pages.  Students may email Brenda Workman (bworkman@bluefield.edu) about connecting with a math tutor if they cannot visit during lab hours. 


Technology Services 

This course is heavily technology and web based.  Much of the course content will be covered on this wiki and all of your work will be submitted through your wiki or via "Safe Assign" on Blackboard.  As such, competency and comfort with these technologies is absolutely vital to success in this course.  If you need help with this, ask for it. 


Database Help


 The Confident Communicator program is focused on intention­al writing instruction at every level from freshman to senior. Nearly all courses at Bluefield Col­lege, regardless of subject matter, will include the same learning ob­jective: students will demonstrate proficiency in Confident Communi­cator skills, increasing in complexity each year. Students who graduate from Bluefield College will be able to produce written products that demonstrate proficiency in content, structure, language use, and mechanics so that they may be more effective graduates as they enter the workforce or continue their education. For more information, see your professor or contact Mrs. Crystal Kieloch, the program director (ckieloch@bluefield.edu)



Students with documented disabilities who desire accommodations should contact Mrs. Brenda Workman, Director of Student Success, as soon as possible after enrolling in a course. Her number is 800-872-0175 ext. 4220 and her email address is bworkman@bluefield.edu. Also notify the instructor at the beginning of this course that you are in contact with Mrs. Workman. Mrs. Workman will work with you and your instructor to develop an accommodation plan feasible for your course environment.


Syllabus Contract

 After reading this syllabus, please go to the Syllabus Contract Page (linked to the syllabus page on the wiki). If you agree to the terms and conditions of this syllabus, print out and sign the text from this page and bring it into class by 26 August 2016.



The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus and assignments during the course of the semester. All revisions to the syllabus, assignments and lectures will be posted on the course wiki in the appropriate places. 


Revised 15 August 2016.






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