Final Project Options

Option One: Propose a production of a fairy tale or fairy tale mashup/revision to the Modlin Center. Outline the production (your own original creation) to the programming board, explain why it will be both entertaining and interesting (i.e., intellectually engaging) to a University audience, and cite your sources for the project.  Your explanation should express awareness of the tale’s or tales’ history and more recent reception, as well as critical approaches to the tale. This may be either an individual or a group project, and the rubric for it will involve both creativity and analytical rigor.

Option Two: Like option one, but for an audience of schoolchildren. Again, propose the production, explain why, and indicate your awareness of the background of the tale, especially in relation to children. (Note: this may be combined with your CBL experience.)

Option Three: A full illustrated version of a tale.  You may do a digital story or a more traditional book for this version. If you choose this option you must also write a 3-4 page reflection on the piece, explaining your choices and incorporating critical analyses of the tale.

Option Four: A short (8-10 page) research paper on the persistence of fairy tales in popular culture. You may choose a theme, a character, or a tale to trace in specific manifestations in contemporary culture. Examples include the “Cinderella story” in sports, the persistence of Cinderella stories in rom coms, or contemporary TV shows that draw on fairy tale motifs and plots.

For all options, an annotated bibliography and a proposal will be due on April 16. You will present your work in progress during the last week of class, and the final project will be due no later than 5 pm May 3.