Project Concept

In continuation of my previous blog post concerning the final project for Professor Rikk Mulligan’s Digital Approaches to Literature, I would like to expand on the sources that I might use. Since I will be revisiting the sources, I will be referencing some of the texts/articles listed in the last post.

Since my interest is in Animal Brides, my primary texts will be collections of fairy tales and folktales such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, along with tales from other regions such as the Philippines, Japan, India, and so on. Most of these texts will be translated since I am not proficient in all of the languages above to read them at their original form. Since there are many other stories to comb through, I believe that there will be other stories with the Animal Bride archetype to add to my growing list. Outside of the primary texts, I will also be looking into articles and blogs (and maybe some modern fairy tale retellings). I am interested in seeing different interpretations and cultural connections to the folklore and myths that I bring into this project.

As stated before, the stories that I plan to incorporate into the final project will contain or have some element of the Animal Bride archetype. The Animal Brides figures do not have to be a “good” or “benevolent” figure. For example, in Japanese and Korean myths, the kitsune (Japanese) or gumiho (Korean) or huli jing (Chinese) are fox spirits who are able to shapeshift into beautiful women. More often than not, they are depicted as the antagonists of their stories. And, while my focus is strictly on Animal Brides archetype and not its Animal Bridegroom counterpart, I will be including female monsters as long as they fall under the “bride” category and transforms between a monstrous/beastly and human form.  

When it comes to acquiring more of the texts for the sake of creating a dataset for my final project, I believe that I will mostly be turning to e-books and online databases to find my sources. As for creating a dataset with the sources that I acquire, I am currently unsure of the details. Because of my inexperience and the straightforwardness of my project, I think that the dataset will be in a simple format that focuses on the similarities between the folktales and myths that I gather.

I am considering on using Descriptive Analysis for my project, though that decision may change in the future as my ideas shape and grow through my research. Lauren F. Klein and Catherine D’Ignazio’s “Introduction: Why Science Needs Feminism” and Lauren F. Klein and Matthew K. Gold’s “A DH That Matters” are two readings that have led me to decide this. I think that my project will be incorporating graphs and maps to facilitate the data that I will gather and show. While looking for digital humanities projects in my field of interest, I have come across the projects “The digital breadcrumb trail of Brothers Grimm” and “#Visualizingwonder: A Fairytales TV Symposium”. I hope to learn and incorporate what they have done in their own projects into my own as I go forward.

Works Cited

Franzini, G., Franzini, E., Rotari, G., Pannach, F., Solhdoust, M., Büchler, M. (2016). The digital breadcrumb trail of Brothers Grimm. In Digital Humanities 2016: Conference Abstracts. Jagiellonian University & Pedagogical University, Kraków, pp. 793-795.

1 comment

  1. Following one archetype is smart: specific enough to trace but with many manifestations that could highlight some really interesting similarities and differences.
    Have you watched Lovecraft Country (HBO)? There is an entire episode dedicated to the monster bride (I think she turns into a fox). She kills men once they declare their love for her. If I remember correctly, the episode is set during the Korean war. At any rate, in that episode and in a later episode where the bride/fox appears, the show seems to want to offer a cross ethnic/cross racial bond that can be used to resist white supremacy. I don’t know how useful this is, but I thought I would mention it in case you want to check it out.

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