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ENG 198: Chung

class theme: Beauty and the Beast

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Welcome to the University of Dayton Libraries' guide to ENG 198 with Professor Chung. Click on the tabs to explore the many resources available to support the research requirements for this course.

 

“Tale As Old As Time”: Retelling the Story of Beauty and the Beast

This course will explore the story of “Beauty and the Beast” as retold in movies for research and
academic writing. One of the most popular fairy tale stories of all time, “Beauty and the Beast”
has been present in our culture across media—from literature to movies to advertising and new
media including the Internet. While revolving around traditional themes of romantic love, inner
beauty, empathy, sacrifice and redemption, adaptations of the story from various
historical/cultural contexts reveal complicated discourses on gender, race, class and/or sexuality.
They raise questions about how humans ought to make meaning in an uncertain world. As a
renowned fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes argues, “We are always in the process of making and
remaking ourselves, and in many respects, the making and remaking of fairy tales charts our
struggles to be at home with ourselves and at home with the cultures that affect us” (Jack Zipes,
“Filmic Adaptation and Appropriation of the Fairy Tale” p.15).

The main goal of the course is to develop rhetorical awareness about the contexts and discourses
surrounding filmic adaptations of the “Beauty and the Beast” story and to understand the
significance of critical responses to them. We will examine Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film adaptation,
Beauty and the Beast, South Korea’s 2012 rendition of werewolf legends, A Werewolf Boy, and
DreamWorks production’s 2001 movie, Shrek, paying attention to the ways in which the tale has
been retold across time and cultures and to what effect. We will produce three formal
essays—formal analysis, cultural analysis, and argumentative synthesis. Upon completion of the
course, we will learn that multiple readings and retellings of a text create a network of meanings
and discourses, which leads to the understanding that openness to diversity and critical
engagement through literacy are central to human communication.

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