Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies


Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario


Not offered in 2016



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).


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

  • Additional requirements
  • Fieldwork - This unit is taught intensively at Prato

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.