Course Number

World Literature 389B

Syllabus Date

Spring 2007

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Course description

This course was taught by Robert Tobin at Whitman College. Professor Tobin worked at Whitman for 18 years as associate dean of the faculty and chair of the humanities, and was named Cushing Eells Professor of the Humanities.

"In this course, we will study one of the most appealing and enigmatic literary forms in human history: the fairy tale. Although focused on the German tradition, we will strive for a sense of the international and intercultural context of the tales. We will approach the tales from a variety of perspectives - structuralist, historical, sociological, and feminist among others. In the second half of the course, we will look at a series of literary fairy tales, in order to see what authors such as Hoffmann, Goethe, Büchner, Hand Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde did with these tales."


fairy tales, literature



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