Tracking Fairy Tales
Due 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2. Upload ONE .doc or similar file to canvas with compiled documents describing adaptations AND log of fairy tale references. Minimum word count of adaptation = 250 words x group members. One grade will be assigned to entire group. Worth 10% of total grade.
1) As individuals, keep a log of all (or as many as possible) references to fairy tales that you encounter on a daily basis. Routinely upload those to a shared google doc (and include link in assignment submission).
2) As a group, select a fairy tale (or fairy tale type) and as individuals search for and list of at least 10 contemporary adaptations; each group member describes one adaptation in-depth in ca. 250 words.
Maria Tartarâ€™s Classic Fairy Tales collects a variety of different adaptions for well-known fairy tales such as Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast. The examples (e.g. Angela Carter) are mainly limited to written adaptations, but, as weâ€™ve already recognized, fairy tales and their particular plot elements are not restricted to written narratives, and instead can be found in contemporary TV shows (Once Upon a Time, Grimm etc.), graphic novels, animated films, and even augmented reality apps.
As a group, you will select a particular fairy tale (such as Cinderella, or Hansel and Gretel) or fairy tale type (e.g. Fairy Tale Type 327, The Children and the Ogre) and compile a list of recent adaptations, of which at least 50% should be outside of the literary sphere. Your list should contain at least ten adaptations and it should offer an in-depth description of as many adaptations as you have group members.
Next, each of you will select one adaptation to describe. As a group you might want to coordinate and decide what elements of the adaptation each person will describe. Suggestions include describing the adaptationâ€™s plot differences to the adapted version, commenting on elements that are implemented positively or negatively, discussing how the â€œoriginalâ€ fairy tale has been creatively reclaimed or subverted.
Each description of an adaption should contain ca. 250 words. If you decide to include a TV show and/or series, please refer to a single episode rather than the TV show/series as a whole. Please also provide us with a reference, how we can find/access the adaptions you found.
Note that the final course assignment will be a creative adaptation. When selecting a tale for this assignment, you might consider a fairy tale that you would be interested in adapting, reclaiming, etc.
Helpful links: ATU index: http://www.mftd.org/index.php?action=atu (Links to an external site.)