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									Dr. Henrik Eger, Delaware County Community College, ENG 112, Fall 2007, heger@dccc.edu


          “Cinderella”: Abstract or Analysis
           Primary and Secondary Sources
          Write your first literary paper, consisting of either one abstract of two original works of folk
literature (out of eight) or one literary analysis of an essay (out of four), developing your skills in quoting,
paraphrasing, and summarizing in as objective a manner as possible, and providing a complete Works
Cited section, all in the MLA format.
          Carefully select one of the following two options from a wide range of texts, spanning time and
space, and demonstrate your skill in absorbing and presenting the main points of a text. You can discuss
content, presentation of the persona of Cinderella, use of language, etc.
          For either option, total number of pages: two (maximum: three) plus a Works Cited page.
Everything must be double-spaced, Arial 10. For the correct use of the MLA format, carefully study the
MLA-formatted MBTI handout as well as the “MLA Documentation Basics” in the “Quick Index” at the end
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of Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, 10 ed. by Behrens and Rosen, 2008.




     Option 1: One Comparative Abstract of two “Cinderella” Fairy Tales
        Write a comparative, literary abstract of two original versions of the “Cinderella” story, found in
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Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, 10 ed. by Behrens and Rosen, 2008, showing similarities in
section 1 and differences in section 2 (minimum 1 page per section).
1.   “Cinderella,” Charles Perrault (591-595)
2.   “Ashputtle,” Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (595-600)
3.   “The Cat Cinderella,” Giambattista Basile (600-04)
4.   “A Chinese „Cinderella‟,” Tuan Ch‟êng-shih (604-06)
5.   “The Maiden, the Frog, and the Chief‟s Son” (An African “Cinderella”) (606-10)
6.   “Oochigeaskw—The Rough-Faced Girl” (A Native American “Cinderella”) (610-12)
7.   “The Seven Foals,” Andrew Lang (612-17)
8.   “Cinderella,” Anne Sexton (619-21)

          Option 2: One Critical Analysis based on one “Cinderella” Essay
    A critical, literary analysis of an essay. Weave together the main points of the texts and present
your analysis of them in a more complex, possibly less polarized view than in option 1.
     1.    “„Cinderella‟: A Story of Sibling Rivalry and Oedipal Conflicts,” Bruno Bettelheim (627-35)
     2.    “My Best White Friend: Cinderella Revisited,” Patricia J. Williams (635-40)
     3.    “I Am Cinderella's Stepmother and I Know My Rights,” Judith Rossner (640-44)
     4.    "‟Cinderella‟: Not So Morally Superior,” Elisabeth Panttaja (644-48)
Update: 2008-02-03

								
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