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School: East Carolina University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Professor: Dr. David Smith
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Spirituality, mobility, social mobility, and spatiality
Name: FORL 2680: Grimm Fairytales
Description: Read The Little Mermaid, Bluebeard, and the Robber Bridegroom
Uploaded: 09/28/2018
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background image Week 5 9/25-9/27 FORL2680: German Literature in Translation - Grimms’ Fairy Tales Texts read this week: “Bluebeard” (Perrault)
 “The Robber Bridegroom” (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm)  
“The Little Mermaid” (Hans Christian Andersen) 
Concepts to understand for Quiz on 9/27:
analyze stories commentaries on the societies for which they were 
written
relevance for understanding our shared human condition: o  marriage, adolescence, puberty, sexual maturation, gender  roles, hospitality o temptation/curiosity, knowing/not knowing
o innocence/guilt; justice/punishment 
meanings of symbols within the texts Terms:
vanitas = transience = fleeting
persona – “mask” of the character
[Disney’s Snow White] magic mirror a reflection of the queen? o Is it who she is at her core? Evil witch drawn like death o Bony hands and black cloak [DEFA Snow White Film] focus on the workers 4 Lessons from Snow White: 1. be careful who you marry
2. make wise choices
3. we can’t negate change
4. things aren’t always as they seem (appearances)
[Anne Sexton & Snow White] born in 1920s poet from the 1950s-70s characterized as a feminist Snow White: Uses modern terminology Limoges – porcelain (how she is described) “shut for the thrust of the unicorn” o what she imagines as she closes her eyes 13 = age of puberty iron shoes = foreshadowing  “beauty is a simple passion” o simple = play on words
background image Week 5 9/25-9/27 “[the virgin] will bring us luck” o she’s seen as an object that will benefit themselves Ending: she will become like her stepmother o because of: vanity societies’ focus on women’s appearance  “as women do” Sexton brings attention to cause change Significance of glass coffin: o Period between puberty and maturation (teenagers need to  sleep) “gestation period” [“The Little Mermaid” Hans Christian Andersen]
Hans Christian Andersen:
Danish Born into poverty o Achieved social mobility Focuses on spatiality, spirituality, & mobility  “The Little Mermaid”: little mermaid: o has to wait until she’s 15 to go to the top of the sea maturity o wants to: smell the flowers above see people know romantic love  experience something new (have a different life) oyster shells on tails to show social class and wealth o “beauty is pain”
o notions of beauty
o societal expectations
liminal experience/condition – stuck between two identities o mermaid = half human, half fish becomes daughter of the air o must do good deeds until she dies (spirituality) spiritual mobility- transcendence of one’s existence [“Bluebeard” Charles Perrault] blue beard – physical deformity o outsider’s appearance  uses his money to make him likable tells his wife she can do anything but open the one room o temptation
o greed

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School: East Carolina University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Grimms' Fairy Tales
Professor: Dr. David Smith
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Spirituality, mobility, social mobility, and spatiality
Name: FORL 2680: Grimm Fairytales
Description: Read The Little Mermaid, Bluebeard, and the Robber Bridegroom
Uploaded: 09/28/2018
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