This week we are considering several positions that we make take to think about global literary traditions. Vladimir Propp suggests that there are essential forms that all fairy tales take as their basic structures, and that they are inflexible in sequence while also being variable in content.
Shortly define morphology.
Shortly define the 8 character types in Chapter 2 of Propp’s morphologies: Hero, Helper, Villain, False Hero, Donor, Dispatcher, Princess, and the Princess’ Father (feel free to use command+f to search the pdf!).
Outline/list the 31 morphologies that Vladimir Propp issues in “Morphology of the Folk Tale.”
Again, this does not mean that you have to do a close-reading of the entirety of the chapter (though it would be useful to you to have a better understanding of each morphology). I expect you to skim through and build an outline that will help you and that you can return to, as this is one of the cornerstones of our class.
Then, choose either ONE of the following options:
PINS: Write a fairytale that uses all 5 of Kate Bernheimer’s fairy way functions/techniquees AND at least 5 of Propp’s 31 morphologies. You may simply include the function/morphology at the end of the sentence in bolded parentheses (example: everyday magic). Your fairytale should have a beginning, middle, and an end [500 or more words].
NEEDLES: Choose 1 of the following fairytales we have read thus far and find specific examples of Kate Bernheimer’s 5 functions AND the 31 morphologies [400 or more words].
“How Some Children Played at Slaughtering”
Write a critical response to someone who completed a creative piece, or a creative response to someone who performed a critical response [250 words minimum].
COMPLETE will be earned by posts that complete the prompt fully.
INCOMPLETE will be earned by posts that fail to complete the prompt.
NO MARK will be earned by posts that don’t do anything.