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130122 SE Bachelor Thesis: The Folktale: Comparative Studies (2014S)

Continuous assessment of course work

geblockt: jeweils am Freitag 14.3., 11.4., 16.5., 13.6.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 14.03. 14:30 - 18:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Friday 11.04. 14:30 - 18:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Friday 16.05. 14:30 - 18:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Friday 13.06. 14:30 - 18:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

"Once upon a time," many folktales begin, and a study of the many ways they have been studied could begin likewise. This course will explore specific types of the folktale in all their complexity, following the classic Aarne-Thompson-Üther tale type index. We shall examine issues of form, content and performance in tales like those commonly known as "Cinderella", "Snow White" and "The Dragon Slayer", using approaches ranging from the psychoanalytic (Sigmund Freud, Alan Dundes) to the structural (Vladimir Propp, Claude Levi-Strauss) to the semiotic (Claude Bremond, Algirdas Greimas) to the contextual (Milman Parry/Albert Lord, Nicole Belmont). Our main emphasis, however, will be on cross-cultural comparison of European, Near Eastern, and African tales using the central concepts of tale type and motif.

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Association in the course directory

BA M11

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