Cultural values in fairy tales

Cultural Values in Fairy Tales


Week 1
Introduction to Extension English

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English Literary Timeline - Homework
  • Read through the British Literature Timeline
  • Create a timeline or flow chart showing the main literary periods

Origins of the Gothic Tradition
This document outlines the origins of the Gothic tradition in its historical context. Gothicism originally came out of a time of social and political upheaval. People were looking to explain their world. There was a move away from trying to explain the world in terms of reason and instead there was a move towards exploring the spiritual and emotional aspects of life, particularly the darker aspects of the human condition. Read through "Approaching the Gothic Tradition" and make notes or print and highlight. Based on your reading, post your definition of the 'gothic' on the wiki as well as what you consider were the main influences on the genre.

Conventions (Elements) of the Gothic Genre
  • Read 'Elements of the Gothic Novel' and 'Gothic Themes and Characters.' Come up with a list of 10 texts that you are familiar with that could be considered gothic or that have some gothic conventions (ie may be mixed genre eg sci-fi and gothic) based on these guidelines.



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Gothic Short Film - Tim Burton (released in 1982)
  • View 'Vincent'




Gothic Art - Homweork

Compare Fuseli’s ‘The Nightmare’ to one of the following art works. Annotate your chosen artwork (see example in workbook) and answer the following questions: What gothic elements do you see in the art work? How is each work similar—and what obvious differences are revealed by comparing the two? Email work to me.
–“Chatterton receiving poison from the Spirit of Despair” John Flaxman
–“Good and Evil Angels” William Blake
–“The Cross in the Mountains” Caspar David Friedrich
–“The Bard” John Martin
–“The Death of Saranapalus” Eugene Delacroix
–“The Fairy-Feller’s Master Stroke” Richard Dadd
–“Death and Life-in-Death dicing for the soul of the Mariner” Gustav Dore


Development of the Gothic Tradition

British Writers
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810- 1865), Mary Shelley (1797- 1851), Emily Bronte (1818- 1848)
  • Read through the extracts from Gothic novels (workbook) and answer questions for each extract. As a class discuss:
  1. What gothic conventions are evident in each of the extracts?
  2. Discuss the language conventions used in the texts.

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American Writers
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 -1849)

The Tell Tale Heart

  • After watching the animation and reading the text comment on which version you liked the most and why. Which version did you find the most effective in creating a sense of the gothic? Justify your choice.
The Fall of the House of Usher

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860- 1935)

The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Read The Yellow Wallpaper and answer questions


The Morning Ritual
  • View "The Morning Ritual' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr9nyJRyVD0
  • What gothic elements are evident in the text?
  • Compare the message of "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Morning Ritual'. What similarities are evident in these two texts?
  • What techniques are used in 'The Morning Ritual' to create tension and the feeling of terror?

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Presentations due

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The Literary Canon
Rolling Stone's Top 500
  • Read through pages 2-4 of Masters in Pieces. (workbook)
  • Complete questions 1-3 on p.3 in pairs and then discuss as a class.
  • Complete questions 1-2 and Activity a-d (as a class) on page 4.

The English Canon
  • Read through pages 5-9 of Masters in Pieces. (workbook)
  • Answer questions 1, 2 and 4 in your books.
  • Using questions 1-5 (from the bottom of p 4-5) as a guide post a comment to the discussion page reflecting on the problems of creating a 'best of' list of songs. How could these same issues be a problem when creating a 'best of' list for literature?

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Introduction to Critical Perspectives
Readings
  • Read through p. 42- 43 of handout and answer questions.

Critical Theories (Homework and end lesson 1)
  • Each student is to choose a different literary theory from p.44-60 of the handout.
  • Read through the notes and complete the exercises from your chosen literary theory.
  • Do some independent research on your literary theory.
  • Summary of literary theories

Critical Theories
  • Each student to explain their chosen theory to the class. You may take the class through some of the exercises included in the handout and lead discussion on the theory.
  • Each student's presentation should take about 10 minutes (including explanation, discussion and exercises)


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Creative Writing
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Creative Writing