My proposal for a class project

I wrote up this as a possible class project for my Audio-Doc class. Let’s see what happens!

I propose that the class work on a project called “Fairy Tales for Grownups”. One of the favorite past times for kids is to read stories with their mom and dad, stories about dogs, unicorns and fearsome adventures. It seems that it serves as an important medium to teach kids about the morals of growing up. Kids eventually grow up and decide they are too big for silly storytelling and move onto cooler things, but if you look closer, it seems that storytelling circles back and returns and interest adults once again. Don’t we know the difference between right and wrong by now and aren’t we capable of reading full length books to follow the golden rule? Well, looking at the state this world is in, apparently now. What is this attraction toward fairy tales? We see it in TV shows like Once upon a Time, a show based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy tales but in contemporary times and much more gruesome like the Grimm’s’ version, Hollywood movie Snow White and Huntsman (starring that actress from twilight) and a number of other references that are clearly not just for kids[1]. I suppose it could be a nostalgic longing to go back to the happy childhood and life was easier as a kid. But I’m not sure the producers of a TV show would stake their claims on merely people’s longing for the past. There is something that is in those stories reflected in our everyday life that we like. We search for answers of life’s unanswered questions from these stories told for centuries to give us comfort, to possibly give us hope for a good ending or prepare us for a bad one. I see the connection between the roles of an audio documentarian, who seeks out riveting stories that will capture a glimpse of a human flaw or achievement in the same way we do with fairy tales.

It started to make me wonder what it would be like if the audio documentary class tried to capture a story through the lens of fairy tales of heroic and villainous deeds. Each student would be free to be as creative as they want but as a suggestion, I would suggest taking a fairy tale, take a key element of the story that makes up the story and do one of two things: a) look at the historical, social or political context that the story was written, finding a national allegory on the story itself (i.e. Red Riding hood has many versions but the original story was a 17th century French folklore, etc. or b) relate it to an interesting story that you can find in our media today that contains the same moral element.(i.e. A modern day red riding hood story can be used to report on the continued disappearance of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer from 2011 or the Genie and the Lamp to reveal corrupt corporatism like the Enron Scandal).[2] The fairy tales does not have to be well-known ones of course, and can also be chosen from any in the world that have been popularized over time. An example I can think of besides the Disney movies was a favorite of mine when I lived in Korea titled “The Woodcutter and the Heavenly maiden”[3].




3 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Eunice, the project sounds fun!


    2013. 2. 5. 12:29 aventuramare ۼ:

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  2. jsk says:

    i am sure it will be a splendid project; will you be able to post a link once it’s completed, do you think?

    i’m interested myself in anecdotes as a way of knowing, which could be classified as a fairy tale and/or attain a more “legitimate” status, should the every day ordinary things leave the realm of being described as “just” this or “just” that, in general

    1. aventuramare says:

      Yes i hope so! Hmmm that sounds like something id like to do, ill keep you posted!

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