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Tricksters in Court

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Housekeeping

  1. Remember, on WEDNESDAY 29 January 2014, class will start at 12:00

 

Agenda




Tricksters In Court

 

“Rumpelstiltskin” 

Discussion Questions:

  • Context 
    • Who wrote this literary version of "Rumpelstiltskin"?
    • When and where was it published?
  • Summarize the narrative in a couple of sentences.
  • Analysis (Close Reading)
    • How do illustrations compliment and modify the text of this fairy tale?  
    • What are the gender power politics in this narrative? What is the significance of this (ethically, sexually…)?
    • Who are the "tricksters" in this narrative?
    • How do tricksters negotiate the political and social hierarchy of the royal court?  

 

“The Emperor's New Clothes”

Discussion Questions:

  • Context 
    • Who wrote this literary version of "The Emperor's New Clothes"?
    • When and where was it published?
  • Summarize the narrative in a couple of sentences.
  • Analysis (Close Reading)
    • How do illustrations compliment and modify the text of this fairy tale?   
    • Who are the "tricksters" in this narrative?
    • How do tricksters negotiate the political and social hierarchy of the royal court?

 

 

“The Brave Little Tailor”

Discussion Questions:

  • Context 
    • Who wrote this literary version of "The Brave Little Tailor"?
    • When and where was it published?
  • Summarize the narrative in a couple of sentences.
  • Analysis (Close Reading)   
    • Who are the "tricksters" in this narrative?
    • How do tricksters negotiate the political and social hierarchy of the royal court?  
  • Scholarship
    • Bottigheimer Bad Girls and Bold Boys.pdf  
    • Do the tricksters in these narratives resemble Bottigheimer's "Bold Boys"? 
    • How does this reinforce Zipes' claims about establishing societal norms? How does it challenge social norms?
    • How do these tales shape our understanding of fairy tales as a GENRE?   

 

 

 

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