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ENH3360 - Fairy Tale Traditions

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario


Not offered in 2009


The unit focuses upon the historical development of fairy and nursery tales for both adults and children. Students will learn theoretical approaches through which to examine the development of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and other supernatural and fantasy narratives, from oral origins to the Romantics to the postmodern. Key issues studied will be cultural production, gender and historicism. There will be an opportunity for students to consider the genre in their own creative writing.


Students successfully completing this unit will have attained

  1. An understanding of the historical background of fairy and nursery tales
  2. A critical understanding of the implications of oral and literary storytelling traditions
  3. A critical understanding of the major thematic paradigms of fairy and nursery tales
  4. An understanding of how the romantic tradition is constructed and defined and of its relationship to more contemporary fairy and nursery tales
  5. The ability to analyse fairy and nursery tales through cultural, ideological and historical frameworks
  6. An enhanced capacity to meet the general learning objectives of the School
  7. A more sophisticated knowledge of theoretical concepts and more fully developed analytical and interpretative skills (than students completing ENH2360 Fairy Tale Traditions)


Essays/creative exercises: 80% (3750 words)
Test: 20%
3rd year students are required to demonstrate greater levels of theoretical reflection and analysis in their written work than students studying at 2nd year level.

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week for 11 weeks


First year sequence in English with atleast one of ENH1010, ENH1220 or ENH1990



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