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Indo-European Folktales Week 6

by: Meghan Rixey

Indo-European Folktales Week 6 Ger1502

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Meghan Rixey
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Indo-European Folktales
Dr. E.Wylie-Ernst

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Lecture notes for 6th week of classes
Indo-European Folktales
Dr. E.Wylie-Ernst
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Meghan Rixey on Friday February 13, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to Ger1502 at University of Pittsburgh taught by Dr. E.Wylie-Ernst in Winter2015. Since its upload, it has received 108 views.


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Date Created: 02/13/15
WEEK 6 o 6 Cinderella Tales 0 One of the most welldistributed folktales 0 Over 1000 versions collected 0 Rags to Riches idea has modern appeal 0 Type of Magic Tale 0 History of Cinderella 0 Historic background traditional societies 0 This lower life expectancy was created by blended families Lack of social safety net makes remarriage necessary Competition for resources 0 Monetary o Emotional Common Structural Features in Cinderella o 4 out of 6 tales begin with the father Profession varies but the remarriage is explained Fathers are ineffectual and fail to protect the family After the initial episode the father disappears Emotional Abuse Domestic Tasks Separating the grains Grimm Spinning Rag Girl 0 Physical Abuse Wicked Stepmother 0 Appearance of Helping Figure Rewards sel essness A Public Escape 0 Public venue allows Cinderella to prove herself Church Ball scenes special preparations A mistake leads her to freedom Judged by the t of a shoe or other female object Stepsisters and Punishment 0 Grimm stepsisters will mutilate themselves commit suicide 0 Perrault Cinderella is now socially superior OOOO Coming of Age 0 When children move from social de nition of childhood to adu hood 0 Social markers in Coming of Age process O O O BatBar Mitzvah con rmation baptism in some religions learning to drive ability to vote going to war Larger diverse societies have multiple benchmarks Not every member of the culture experiences a markers Tradition homogenous societies often hold quotonestep ceremonies ordeals for adulthood Folktales are survivas of tradition approaches to coming of age 0 The Modern quotOneStep Coming of Age 0 Japan Coming of Age Day 0 O O Formal dress recognized by the public as adults Amish Rumspringa Amish are allowed one year to leave the Amish community and live with others and decide whether or not they want to return to the community Apache Sunrise Ceremony Isolated period of re ection Southwest US The Quinzeanera After fancy party daughter is able to date members of the community Similar to Sweet 16 party 0 Coming of Age Tale Interpretations O O Psychological Freud sexuality gratification pleasure Diaphasic Model First Oral to phallic stages Latency repressionoedipal complex Second Genital stage coming of age 0 Interpretations Freud and Barton 0 O 0 Female sexuality the Electra Complex Darton s issues with the Freudian perspective Symbols will change over time Darton s Thesis Change Folktales to quotFairy Talesquot Changing the audience 0 Seeing Red Traditional Interpretations O O 0 Color quotredquot 5 associated with passion and sexuality Little Red Riding Hood received from grandmotherquot 19th century British solar mythology interpretation quotLittle Redquot as quotlight chasing darknessquot Cannibalism ancient electra complex splitting of the mother into grandmother quoteat competitionquot andor quoteat of the motherquot sadistic stage o 2 Stories of Little Red Riding Hood 0 0 Both stories girl receives red object Freudian interpretation coming of age symbol She receives red object from the grandmother because the grandmother no longer needs this object Recognizing that little red has achieved a new stage in life Forest reversal of social roles and hierarchies anything can happen in the woods ln Perrault version the wolf runs ahead to grandmothers and eats her RRH arrives gets into bed and is also eaten They are both dead Warning young girls should not fall to the tricks of predatory men Cautionary tale designed to educate usually by negative example In Grimm s version the wolf runs ahead and swallows the grandmother up The wolf gets little red in to bed and swallows her up as well Male savior gure a hunter comes and cuts open the wolf and frees them both They ll wolf up with stones and sew him up so he dies Magic Tale gives us vicarious second chances Other stories differ as well isolated encounter with a predatory wolf as well as a female hunter who saves herself does not rely on anyone else but just outwits her predator Girls Become Women Sleeping Beauty Tales 0 quotSun Moon and Taliaquot Fantast wish ful llment for malesfemales Male sexuality is privileged Role of social class rights of lord versus king 0 Girls Become Women Sleeping Beauty Briar Rose 0


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