Creative Response Paper: Fairy Tales

Enter the dark forest of the "Classic Fairy Tale" and let your creative juices flow. What were the images that you found most puzzling, enjoyable, disturbing, unforgettable, etc.? Why did they move you? What does your reaction tell you about the ideological, historical and cultural difference that separates you from the texts or film adaptations that captured your attention?
Choose a creative writing genre (such as a poem, a mini-drama or a fairy tale) that suits your purpose and your implied audience best. Think back to the various "appropriations" we have read and identify the authors' particular approaches. How can they guide you as you sit down to write your own "creative commentary" on you a particular fairy tale? Would you like to channel your energies into writing a revisionist fairy tale such as Dahl? Were you more inspired by critical commentary such as Anne Sexton's or Martin Moony's? Or were you taken by writings that use the archetypal power of the fairy tale to evoke certain emotions in a different context? (See list below for an attempt to classify the adaptations we read in class.) What ever approach you are drawn to, please provide us with a copy of any particular fairy tale that inspired your creative project.

Evaluation Rubric

Revisionist or "updated" fairy tales
Examples: Roal Dahl, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf (a.o.)
Also: Politically Correct Bedtime Stories; Three True Story of the Three Little Pigs: By A. Wolf

Social Commentary
Examples: Anne Sexton, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
                Martin Moony, Dwarfs (see optional reading)


Creative fiction that draws on the archetypal power of fairy tale imagery

Examples: Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Where is the Wolf (see optional reading)
                Gregory Orr, Two lines from the Brothers Grimm (see optional reading)