(10/30/02 9:17:47 am)
| Call for Words: 1) Voice|
I thought I would repost these separately, to allow for further discussion.
Due: December 31
Folklore Periodical Planning List
Call for words and art: Since communication is a common theme in art and literature, folktale, myth, fairy tale, etc., this might be a good topic to start with. Here are some brainstorming ideas along this theme:
Voice, Silence, Mermaid, Song, Storyteller, Conteuses, Sirens, Enchanted speakers, A picture is worth a thousand words, Language, Communication, Muse; Enchanted speakers: Falada, three tears or drops of blood, bird in The Juniper Tree, harp in Twa Sisters, etc.; Sirens: madness, Mandrake/Mandragora; Communication: dance, song, art, word, sign, tokens
Let me know your thoughts. If you like, you may send works to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or upload them to the Files section. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
It was suggested I narrow the topic for "Voice" a bit more. Here is a breakdown of five categories under the theme:
"Silent Princesses"- If I'm interpreting Donna's suggestion correctly, I see this as princesses and other heroines who have been in the background for the bulk of their tales and now wish to be heard.
Repetition- This can include characters such as Echo from Greek mythology or scoldings such as in "The Goose Girl" ("If your mother only knew,/Her heart would surely break in two.")
Enchanted Speakers- There are plenty of examples of these, such as the 3 drops of blood and the head of Falada in "The Goose Girl," the bird in "The Juniper Tree," the singing bone in "The Singing Bone," or the human harp in "The Twa Sisters."
Language- Anything that has to do with linguistics. Perhaps the hero speaks a different language and none can understand. Perhaps the heroine is mute, like in "The Little Mermaid." Perhaps languages have been learned as a test, as in "The Three Languages."
Oracular- Prophesy, warnings, etc are the key here, such as in the oracle at Delphi, Orpheus, and that wonderful prediction of the fall of Troy. Or even the curse of the 13th fairy in "Sleeping Beauty." Perhaps wishes could come in here as well, with Snow White and the little boy in "The Juniper Tree" being wished for as being white as snow, red as blood, and black as ebony wood.
Call for Words
Let me know if you have any questions!
(11/11/02 2:21:45 pm)
| Voice and Rites of Passage...|
I thought I would start a discussion under this topic re: rites of passage and the relavance to voice, or actually, to silence.
This Wednesday I will be starting a 10 day Vipassana Meditation retreat. What this means is this- no talking, no communicating in any way, no reading, no writing, no prayer, no mediation (of other kinds), etc. For me it will be quite the challenge, not writing, telling stories, discussing things. I have been anticipating it as a kind of rite-of-passage- transitioning from unhappily employed to happily and unhappily unemployed to (hopefully) happily employed. The only stories that comes to mind is that of the Little Mermaid- entering into silence as she becomes human, to gain love, to eventually die- and the (insert #) Swans- where the sister must sew coats in silence to return her brothers to human form.
I never really felt that I had any kind of rite-of-passage growing up- my family was pleasant enough; I went through the usual rituals that were expected of me, yet held no personal meaning; college seemed like an endless sleepover; and moving out never really seemed like anything more than an extension of college. So this seems to be it. Through silence, I will learn to appreciate that which I most treasure- words. As a writer, storyteller, performer, I will have to let go of all that comes to me. I cannot hold on to every word, I cannot capture every story to retell.
Are there any other rite-of-passage tales that deal with silence? Whether permanent, vow-imposed, etc?
NOTE: I didn't make it through the 10 days- after 2 days I became extremely ill and had to leave. So much for silence, when you need to ask for help.
Edited by: Kerrie at: 11/20/02 3:43:32 pm