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Anderson, John

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Name: John Anderson


Contact Information: fa6107@wayne.edu 

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Computer Science



Fairy Tales in Visual Media Project: The literary source I plan to use is "Rumpelstiltskin" by the Grimm brothers.

I think I will use "Once Upon a Time" as my visual source. I could analyze how the portrayal of Rumpelstiltskin in the episode "The Miller's Daughter" compares to and reflects his characterization in the Grimms' Tale


Visual Media Final Draft: AndersonVisualMedia.docx


The fairy tale I am considering for my final project is "The Gnome" by the Grimm brothers.


and the topic will be how tales of this type has evolved from myths and legends from the Middle Ages (such as Beowulf) as a result of cultural change.


Three Sources:

Beowulf and the Bear's Son -J. Michael Stitt (Book)

"John the Bear and 'Beowulf'" -Robert A. Barakat 1498482.pdf

"The Meaning of Fairy Tale Within the Evolution of Culture" -Jack Zipes 25.2.zipes.pdf


Thesis: The changes in the "Bear's Son Tale" from the Middle Ages to the Grimms shows how stories are altered to fit the society in which they are told.


This is my draft so far:


Additionally, here is the outline of what I plan to do next:



Here are my comments: 

Anderson Draft AH.docx

Anderson Outline AH.docx

Looking forward to discussing this in conferences! It seems like a great paper!


Updated version:

AndersonFTFinalPaper 2.docx

Anderson Draft AH.docx - this should have my notes from conferences (for whatever they're worth)! 





Comments (6)

Abigail Heiniger said

at 3:24 pm on Jan 26, 2014

That's a great fairy tale! The series "Once Upon a Time" plays with this fairy tale (particularly the character of Rumpelstiltskin).

Abigail Heiniger said

at 9:51 am on Feb 3, 2014

That sounds excellent! Remember to focus on the visual representation (if you want to expand into further plot comparisons… save that for the FINAL paper)! Looking forward to what you do with this.

Abigail Heiniger said

at 4:56 pm on Feb 14, 2014

What new adaptations of "The Gnome" are you considering? It looks very interesting, but I'm not sure how you can track the evolution of this narrative in the final paper.

John Anderson said

at 10:56 am on Feb 18, 2014

I was actually planning on connecting it to older sources with similar motifs and structure. The story belongs to a family called "Bear's Son Tales." I've already found a book in the Purdy-Kresge library that relates it to Beowulf.

Abigail Heiniger said

at 10:26 pm on Mar 2, 2014

Great topic, great sources (though I'm not familiar with the book, it seems like it should be scholarly)!! Seems like you've landed on a strong research project! Do you know a lot about medieval cultural? If not, you may want to consider some finding some historical context (to bolster your claims about historical change)! Happy to help you find medieval material if you need it!

Abigail Heiniger said

at 3:19 am on Mar 7, 2014

This is a great working thesis. As you revise, think about specifying WHAT changes and their CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE (that will lead you towards an argument: as this tale evolved from the Middle Ages it went from X to Y).

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