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Qualitative comparative analysis of Grimm brothers' and Manica Koman's fairy tales, based on the structuralist literary theory of Vladimir J. Propp

Ana Ložar (2012) Qualitative comparative analysis of Grimm brothers' and Manica Koman's fairy tales, based on the structuralist literary theory of Vladimir J. Propp. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The present BA thesis, titled A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Grimm Brothers' and Manica Koman's Fairy Tales, Based on the Structuralist Literary Theory of Vladimir J. Propp, consists of two parts. The first one presents the biography and work of the Grimm brothers, and the biography and work of Manica Koman, a Slovene folktale writer. Biography and work facts about the former were mainly found in Hermann Gerstner's detailed biography of the Brothers Grimm, Die Brűder Grimm: Eine Biographie. Furthermore, the author attended an exhibition of Grimm brothers' fairy tales and other works, which took place in the National and University Library in 2012. Photos of their two original fairy tale collections are enclosed to the thesis. Manica Koman's biography data were gathered from various encyclopaedias, articles, lexicons, at the Slovenian School Museum in Ljubljana, at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (namely at the Literary Sciences Department of the Institute for Cultural History), and at the History Archive in Ljubljana. Her identity documents were acquired at the Archbishopric Archive in Ljubljana and at the Ljubljana City Administration Office. Additional data were obtained at Mrs Mihaela and Marija Novak in Vižmarje, Ljubljana. However, we owe the most useful and precious biography details to Mrs Ana Jerina, the writer's niece. This section of the thesis also includes an interview with Mrs Jerina, Manica Koman's identity papers and some photos of her, now owned by her niece. The Manuscript Department at the National and University Library offered us facts about Koman's work. Following this, the crucial elements of Vladimir J. Propp's literary theory, on which the comparison of the tales is based, is introduced. The second part of the thesis gives a parallel comparison of a selection of nine Koman’s and Grimm brothers’ fairy tales according to Vladimir J. Propp’s structuralist literary theory. We conclude with an analysis of similarities and differences between the mentioned tales in terms of motif, characters, and their functions.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's biography, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's work, Manica Koman's biography, Manica Koman's work, Functions of fairy tale characters according to Vladimir J. Propp’s literary theory, Comparative analysis of selected fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers and by Manica Koman
    Number of Pages: 163
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    red. prof. dr. Milena Mileva BlažićMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9506889)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1240
    Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2012 11:15
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 17:34
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1240

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