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The Chosen Woman

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Housekeeping:

  • There are NO in-class meetings next week. We'll be having conferences in my office in FAB.

 

Agenda:


 


The Chosen Woman and the Choosing

 

Group 15 Tatar

 

“The Princess and the Pea.”  

  • Who wrote this fairy tale?
  • Where was it published? 

 

“Vasilisa the Fair.”

  • Who wrote this fairy tale?
  • Where was it published? 

 

Discussion Questions: 

  • How do these fairy tales construct gender? 
  • How is gender being constructed in relation to CHOICE.
    • Who chooses?
      • Does gender play a role?
    • What is being chosen?
    • Why are choices being made? 
  • How is CHOOSING a significant part of the fairy tale genre? WHY do you think choosing is such an important trope? 

 

 


 

Let's Get Visual

 

Baba Yaga and the Female Body: Heroine, Hero, and Decorative Motif 

These are the illustrations drawn by Ivan Bilibin for the Baba Yaga tale we read:

 

 

(Mortar and Pestal)

 

 

  • How do these images construct a material and cultural gender hierarchy? How do they disrupt it?
  • How do these illustrations depicted the gendered body? The transgendered body?
  • Do the illustrations create gendered meaning that is distinct from the literary tale?
  • Consider the frames? How is the gendered body reduced to a decorative motif? What is the significance of this?  

 

 


 

Around the Bend:

 

Remember, there are NO IN-CLASS MEETINGS NEXT WEEK. I will be holding conferences in my office (in FAB). Use the time to work in the library (or at your own leisure) on your final papers and presentations. 

 

 

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