The following assignments are suggested by Dr. Sanjay Sircar from Australia.
Compare and contrast Snow White with Sleeping Beauty and any one other insensate/sleeping princess or princes in IndoEuropean folktales. How far does it seem to you that the tales depict a cultural image of passive femininity?
What are the differences among the ways in which a folklorist, a literary critic, a teacher, and a librarian would approach Snow White? Can these be brought together? If so, why and how? If not, why not?
What are the arguments for and against Disneyfication of folktales for children? Define the words "kitsch" and "camp" as used in literary criticism and argue whether these can be applied to the film and picture books of Snow White.
Compare and contrast the image of the Mother in Snow White with that of mothers in two other IndoEuropean folktales (either retold for children, or from folklore sources). What are the arguments for and against Bettelheim's psychological interpretation of such folktales for children?
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Created January 25, 1997 and is continously revised