Saturday, May 5, 2012

Last Fairy Tales Blog!
Well, three months of Folk and Fairy Tales Around the World later, we’re down to our last blog! I’ve learned a lot this semester: we’ve looked at motifs, symbols, similarities, and differences between versions of well-known tales, such as “Cinderella” and “Hansel and Gretel”, and versions of ones I’d never heard of, such as “Bluebeard”. While I read all of the stories, I wish I had read some of the optional readings, such as the criticisms that individuals read for their presentations. I think I would have gotten a lot out of those, and maybe they would touch on ideas that we didn’t talk about in class. The guest speakers were an added bonus! Dr. Ochieng and Dr. Rust were definitely my favorites—they were so entertaining!

Reading the fairy tales was really enjoyable, and I’m glad that I can now say I’ve read some of the classics. I liked our class atmosphere—although we all got a little out of hand at times—and I’m going to miss your enthusiasm (and chocolate), Dr. Esa! Dankeschön für ein großes Semester!

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