Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitEnglish
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario


The unit explores the history and diversity of fairy tale in Italy, from the proposition that literary fairy tale originated in Venice and Naples to more contemporary recordings of tales. Students will learn theoretical approaches through which to examine the nature of Italian fairy tales and take into consideration issues of cultural production, consumption and political influence. 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. A knowledge of the historical background of fairy tales;
  2. A critical understanding of the development of oral and literary storytelling traditions;
  3. A critical understanding of the major thematic paradigms of fairy tale in Italy;
  4. An informed grasp of the relation between fairy tale and other literary and dramatic genres;
  5. The ability to analyse fairy through cultural, ideological and historical frameworks;
  6. An enhanced capacity to meet the general learning objectives of the School.

For 3rd level:

  1. A more sophisticated knowledge of theoretical concepts and more fully developed analytical and interpretative skills (than students completing level 2 of the unit).


Class test (900 words): 20%
Essay (900 words): 20%
Essay (2700 words): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Week One: 3 x 1 hour lectures, 4 x 2 hour seminars plus fieldwork
Week Two: 3 x 1 hour lectures, 4 x 2 hour seminars plus fieldwork

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First year sequence in English or permission