UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Name of Author: 
Chew, Joanna Cher
Institute: 
National Institute of Education
Year of completion: 
2003
Country: 
Singapore
Country of Research Data: 
Singapore
Language: 
English
Comments: 

An Academic Exercise submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Abstract: 

Fairy tales have long been part of people's lives before they made their way to children's nurseries as storybooks. From oral folk tales to illustrated books, they have provided entertainment and fantasy to listeners and readers. This paper studies and analyses images from fairy tales: vital components many children have been raised with. It also uncovers the extent of influence they have on Singapore children's drawings of prevalent fairy tale motifs.

The analyses of the images are supported by parallel arguments based on literary criticism of plot origins, stylistics and characterisation and are applied across the variety of images shown. I have, in a previous study, based these principles for analysis and also applied their relevance to consumer advertising. Although the latter half of this study focuses on children's interpretations and drawings, the earlier analysis is simultaneously discussed with the findings in Chapter 4 to provide a coherent and holistic argument that fairy tale images carry with and within them several meanings and interpretations from children's visual expressions. Inherently, this provides insights to a child's aesthetic experiences: how and what they are influenced by, especially notions of character polarity, gender- biased passivity and rivalry.

As the majority of fairy tales in the English language are imports from the West, cultural implications cannot be ignored, in both visual and literary aspects. In interviews with the twelve subjects, I will uncover dominant cultural influences and relevance from their visual and spoken responses. In an age of increased information technologies, influences and exposure can also stem from other sources; this is also acknowledged and discussed.

Both analyses of images in Chapter 2 and the findings in Chapter 4 are then concluded in Chapter 5 where I will discuss implications of existing trends and suggest recommendations and alternatives.

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