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170224 UE Übung "Medienübergänge" (2021S)

Fairy Tales and their Retellings: Desire, Survival and the Forest

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung
Fr 14.05. 09:45-11:15 Digital



max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 19.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 26.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 16.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 23.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 30.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 07.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 21.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 28.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 04.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 11.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 18.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 25.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Why are fairy tales so popular and why are the original fairy tales so dark? How have gender stereotypes been portrayed and perpetuated in fairy tales and their film adaptations? This course will give an introduction to the origins and evolution of fairy tales with a focus on retellings in film, graphic novels and other media. A variety of fairy tales will be examined, ranging from Lotte Reiniger's and Disney’s adaptations to contemporary subversive and feminist films (Catherine Breillat, Angela Carter, etc). Fairy tales have been adapting to their sociohistorical context since their origins; we will explore how this is reflected in the evolution of cinema even within the Disney corporation. From traditional, submissive Sleeping Beauty (1959) to empowering Maleficent (2014) Disney has gone a long way in terms of representation, which is significant as the Disney brand is reflecting mainstream ideology. Special focus will be given to the forest as geographical and metaphorical space. The students will learn different approaches of film and media analysis, including comparative criticism, feminist and psychoanalytic interpretations.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
-Have developed more general film and media analysis skills, in particular, regarding genre.
-Have developed their ability to discuss films in a written and oral manner through presentations, in-class discussions and sequence analyses.
-Have experience in critical analysis of films using different theoretical approaches such as psychoanalysis and feminist theory.
-Be familiar with the genre and history of fairy tale as well as the process of adaptation across media.

Interactive lectures and seminars that include film screenings, sequence analyses and group discussions, so that students are encouraged to participate and develop confidence in building up and expressing their critical thinking. Students are given feedback which they can then incorporate in their written assignments, which reinforces their analytical skills and pursuing their own research.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

This course will be assessed via :
1. a short comparative film analysis (700-900 words) (30%),
2. one-pager film reflections (10%) and
3. one of the following options, which will be the remaining 60% of the mark:
a. short video presentation or powerpoint with audio (10-15 minutes long)
b. essay (1500-2000 words)

All three forms of assessment are compulsory. If you do not submit either of them this will result in a fail (negative mark).

There is an option for writing a BA thesis (5.000-6.000 words) for this class. This will be additionally to the 3 assignments described above.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.
Students should be comfortable in spoken and written English.

Attendance is compulsory. There will be a maximum of two absences in order to pass the class.


Every week students are expected to read material that will be relevant to the class and uploaded on Moodle, usually the original version(s) of the fairy tale we will discuss and also watch a film (on some occasions two films).
Students are expected to participate in class discussion (at the moment digitally).


Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mi 21.04.2021 11:26