ATS3496 - Fairy-tale traditions - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michelle Smith


Dr Michelle Smith

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.




The unit focuses upon the historical development of literary fairy tales for both adults and children from the seventeenth century to contemporary adaptations across media forms. Students will learn theoretical approaches through which to examine the retelling of fairy tales in both oral and literary tradition and how to situate variants within their historical context. In addition, students will explore the cultural and ideological significance of shifting perceptions of the genre as suitable for child readers. Key issues studied will be cultural production, gender and historicism.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. analyse fairy tales through cultural, ideological and historical frameworks.
  2. analyse the implications of oral and literary storytelling traditions;
  3. evaluate the major thematic paradigms of fairy tales;
  4. recognise and analyse how the ideological focus of fairy tales, particularly in relation to gender, shifts according to the cultural contexts in which they are produced.


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.

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