So Comp 2 is a weird class. It’s a writing class with literature as its focus, but I’ve never really found a thread to pull it all together. Our text is eclectic to the extreme–if you like only dead and “literary” writers. I’ve grown bored with our book, so I am always looking for ways to make it interesting to me, if not my students. I’ve been doing genre fiction, but this spring I’ve decided to focus the whole semester on Grimm’s fairy tales. Afterall it’s 200 years since they were published.
I’ve been looking at scholarship on fairy tales, and there’s a ton of it. Some of it looks fun! I think this might be a good way to open my students up to both critical thinking and to academic scholarship. I’m also looking at the various ways fairy tales have been updated.
I haven’t finished picking out the fairy tales I want them to read. There will have to be some of the classics: Snow White, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and so forth. I’m also looking at some of the other ones that most people aren’t familiar with like The Boy Who Traveled to Learn How to Shiver, The Handless Maiden, Allerleirauh, and more. I think this is the most fun I’ve had prepping for a class in ages.
I know I want my students to write a parody of a fairytale, and they will have to write a short paper defining the difference between myth, legend, and fairy tale. I’ll also have them analyze and interpret some fairy tales using some of the scholarship. They’ll also have to pick a fairy tale and do a presentation on it–not sure what I want in that yet.
No matter, I think I will have fun–even if they don’t