Folklore | Russian Folk Tales
S320 | 31139 | M. Shrager


Above class meets 2nd 8-weeks only.

This course is designed to introduce students to a wide selection of
Russian folk tales, to their structure, and to their aesthetic and
socio-cultural values. The course will mainly focus on two types of
folk tales: on fairy tales (the "magic tale") and on animal tales
(the fable). Students will learn various approaches and theories of
analyzing folk tales. Special attention will be given to Propp's
formalist approach and to psychoanalytical approach of Jung and
others. Furthermore, the course will examine Russian folk tale
motifs in other art media, such as visual arts, cinema, and ballet.