AJ22095 Discourse analysis: Folktales

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 3 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jana Pelclová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Mon 16:00–17:40 G23
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 10 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 10/10, only registered: 0/10
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course is designed as a linguistic seminar in which students learn about the genre of fairy tales from multidisciplinary perspectives. The main interest is in the linguistic analysis. Students analyze a number of stories from the point of view of linguistic stylistics, pragmatics, social semiotics and discourse analysis. Students learn about the history of the genre and the theories of narratology, esp. narrative structures and focalization. Besides, the texts are also analyzed from the point of view of gender studies, namely the gender stereotypes, gender boundaries and their violation esp. in modern fairy tales. The teaching method is a discursive analysis of fairy-tale stories, both published and feature movies.
Learning outcomes
1.At the end of the course, students will be able to analyze stylistic, pragmatic and semiotic aspects found in folktale stories. They will be also able to distinguish a number of narrative structures and the point of view of the story-tellers and the characters’ as well as to distinguish gender stereotypes coded in folktales;
2.The course will help students to think critically and to improve their analytical thinking. The students will be also able to apply their knowledge and theories of linguistic, literary and gender studies.
  • 1. Course introduction: guidelines, methodology and assignments
  • 2. Narrative structures
  • 3. Space and Time
  • 4. Point of view
  • 5. Characters and characterization
  • 6. Speech acts
  • 7. (Im)politeness
  • 8. Words and pictures
  • 9. A grammar of visual design
  • 10. Ideology
  • 11. Gender stereotypes
  • zipes
  • Fairy tales and the art of subversion : the classical genre for children and the process of civilization. Edited by Jack David Zipes. First published in Routledge. London: Routledge, 2012. xv, 265. ISBN 9780203805251. info
  • ZIPES, Jack David. The irresistible fairy tale : the cultural and social history of a genre. Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012. xvii, 235. ISBN 9780691159553. info
  • ZIPES, Jack David. When dreams came true : classical fairy tales and their tradition. Second edition. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2007. xiii, 322. ISBN 9780415980067. info
  • ZIPES, Jack David. Why fairy tales stick : the evolution and relevance of a genre. New York: Routledge, 2006. xv, 332. ISBN 9780415977807. info
  • ZIPES, Jack David. Sticks and stones : the troublesome success of children's literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. First published. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2001. xiv, 213. ISBN 9780415938808. info
  • ZIPES, Jack David. Fairy tale as myth, myth as fairy tale. Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1994. xii, 192. ISBN 0813108349. info
  • PROPP, Vladimir Jakovlevič. Morphology of the folktale. Edited by Svatava Pírková - Louis A. Wagner - Alan Dundes, Translated by Laure. 2nd ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968. xxvi, 158. ISBN 9780292783768. info
Teaching methods
Pre-class reading of both primary and secondary texts, short fairy-tale writing.
Assessment methods
Assessment: attendance + active participation = 40% + final essay = 60%
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2016.
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