French Fables and Folktales
As I stated in this module’s Overview, your last project is to choose a topic relating to French fables and folktales that we have NOT discussed anywhere in this course, and do some research on it. Pick your favorite person, thing, place, story type, etc. from this excellent selection (OR see my “strong encouragements” below!): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_folklore . Remember, wikipedia is ONLY a start! You must include THREE other websites (or if you prefer print media, that’s fine) that illuminate your topic; complete URLs must be given. Also, you may provide a link to a YouTube video, if applicable, but, like wikipedia, YouTube does NOT count in your “other THREE” websites!
Basically, the more visuals you have, the merrier. Include pics, or timelines, or graphs and charts and such (ONLY if applicable to your project, of course!). At the very least include the links to them, whether to a website or to your own creation. Attachments may be uploaded as well. You may construct a PowerPoint slide show if you wish, but the TEXT of your paper still must be 7-8 pages, DOUBLE-SPACED. Don’t forget a complete, detailed bibliography at the end! Submission formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt. PowerPoints only as .ppt or .pptx.
Other STRONG encouragements: How about the folklore of Quebec/Acadia (= French Canada)? Or how about the folklore of Haiti? Of French West Africa? French Polynesia?
Or if architecture and mythology is your thing, how about the history of Gargoyles?
Or if fairies are your thing, how about Morgan le Fay?
Or if fairy tale editors/writers are your thing, how about Sophie, the Countess of Segur? Household name in France, but virtually unknown in the USA. Ditto the tales in her 19th-century collection. Born and raised in Russia, her father allegedly had a lot to do with driving Napoleon I from Moscow in 1812. Read all about her interesting yet sad life: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countess_of_S%C3%A9gur. The Gutenberg Project has her complete volume, under the title Old French Fairy Tales, first appearing in English in 1920 by a Philadelphia, PA publisher: www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30129. You’ve probably never heard of any of those tales!
Or…get this: how about the incredible and incredulous history of the cult of “Saint Guinefort”, who was a 13th-century French greyhound. Yes, you heard correctly, a dog!!! Combines myth, ritual, Christian iconography and legend, witchcraft, paganism…. all condemned from the get-go by the Catholic church, and not finally suppressed until the 1930s (!?!?). A French movie loosely based on this cult came out in 1987, called The Sorceress; the complete subtitled version is on YouTube, last I looked…..
Whatever you choose, your plan of analysis should answer the questions Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? You may certainly compare (similarities) and contrast (differences) your topic to anything we’ve covered in this course, but keep that to a minimum. I want this final WebQuest to be mostly your OWN journey, making your OWN discoveries. Due by 11:55 PM, Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Any questions, drop me a line ASAP. Remember, there’s a big wide world out there. Respect it, but devour it at the same time!
French Fables and Folktales