Welcome to Fable and Folktale!  

We have an exciting semester ahead exploring the enchantment of fables and tales - the eternal delight of folk material over many centuries and from many cultures.

This will be your class Website.  Here you can find familiar assistance that will be useful to you throughout the class curriculum.  (Please Bookmark it on your computer right now!)

First, you can visit the pages which describe how an "Online Literature" class works.  Just click on "About Your Class" below.  

The list of options below also allows you to view and print out copies of the Course Overview and Syllabus,  the Reading List and Recommended Readings, the Assignments and information about the Final Research Project, interesting Web Resources and Web Sites, the Grading Policies, and information about contacting yours truly, your Instructor.

You also have at your disposal an extensive set of instructions and examples about how to write your Research Paper and your Take-Home Final Exam.  I think you will find these pages very helpful!

The listing on the right is the schedule of Lecture Notes.  It will always lead you to the Lecture Notes for the current week.

Your success in this course will depend on the fact that you can participate regularly in the on-line Discussion Group, as well.  Sharing your own stories and research activities and listening to the stories of your classmates is an important benefit of an Online class!

Enjoy the Magic!

Marjorie C. Luesebrink, MFA



Menu Contents:

About Your Class

Class Syllabus

Lecture Notes

Discussion Group

Reading List

Recommended Reading


Resources and Web Sites

Grading Policies

Contact Your Instructor



Fale and Folktale Lecture Notes graphic

Caption-description:  "The Magic of Once Upon a time can be seen in layered stories from ancient Egypt to Cinderella and Nemo."

Fall 2011 - Ticket #62505


  1. Introduction and Orientation - the Magic of Once Upon a Time
  2. Please see the Mandatory Online Orientation Page

    August 22 - August 28

  3. Tales Told Around the Fire - The Oral Folk Tradition
  4. August 29 - September 4

  5. The Characteristics and History of the Oral Tale
  6. September 5 - September 11

  7. The Origins of Tales
  8. September 12 - September 18

  9. Tale Types and Story Motifs
  10. September 19 - September 25  and

    September 26 - October 2

  11. The Ancient Skies and the Origins of the World

     October 3 - October 9

  1. The Ancient Skies and the Origins of the World

     October 3 - October 9

VII.   One Religion all Religions: One Face all Heroes

          October 10 - October 16

         October 17 - October 24

VIII.  The Socio-Economic Interpretation of Folktales

          October 25 - October 30 and

          October 31 - November 6

IX.  The Politics of Storytelling

         November 7 - November 13

X.  The Psychology of Hope: 

         November 14 - November 20

          and November 21 - November 27 

XI.  Urban Legends

November 28 - December 4

XII.  Review and Sharing of Projects

        December 5 - December 9

Print out the Take-Home Final