English R1A

Reading and Composition: Grimmer Than Grimm

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
14 Fall 2007 Katharine Wright
TTh 3:30-5 109 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Maria Tatar (editor), Classic Fairy Tales

Donna Jo Napoli, The Magic Circle

Robert Coover, Briar Rose

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber"


"Let's take an adult look at six classic folktales (and their variations) often relegated to the children's room. What are they really about? Why is their cultural influence so persistent? Folklorists, psychoanalysts, feminists, poets-- all have something to say about these tales. We'll read and react to some of them. Then we'll look at how some modern writers rework these stories to great effect. Robert Coover takes on Sleeping Beauty; Donna Jo Napoli, the witch in the sugary house. Angela Carter throws herself sensuously into her remade world, and Anne Sexton domesticates the tales in ways very different from Disney.

You will be writing a number of essays and response papers on the readings, and in the process you will experiment with several critical stances.. Then you will revise your own writings as you figure out more and more what it is you want to say. There will be an option to revise a tale yourself, and write an analysis of your own work. Class time will include discussion of each others' papers, as well as of the readings."

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