#1 is more useful. Why? Because human beings are similar to monkeys. Therefore, a comparison is useful: it can lead to new knowledge, new insights and understanding. Human beings and rice-cakes are too different. A comparison between them is unlikely to reveal new knowledge or insights.
Choose a book by C.S. Lewis in Japanese translation to read and write a report about by the end of this semester. Tell me the book you have chosen next Friday. If you are absent on Friday, please email me your chosen book title. You cannot change your choice after you have told me, unless I tell you to choose a different book.
Research and write two paragraphs in English about the history of the fairy-tale.
How old is “old enough to start reading fairy tales again”?
Who was Lucy Barfield?
What is a fairy-tale? How is it different from other genres, e.g. fantasy, myth, legend? Write three paragraphs. Write your paper using the “Student Paper” format I showed you last time (see last time’s handout). It can be typed or hand-written, and should be double-spaced.
give examples of well-known fairy-tales, including fairy-tales you read (or had read to you) as a child,
give examples of typical fairy-tale characters and themes,
and compare fairy-tales with other genres, such as traditional stories. For example, are Japanese traditional stories 昔話 fairy-tales? Why, or why not?