Bethany and I have chosen to focus on the story of “Three Little Pigs” and perform an intertextual study by comparing several different versions of the text. The following is a list of the texts we have chosen to focus on:
• Joseph Jacobs version
o considered by many to be the original
• John Scieszka’s version
o This version twists the story to imply that the wolves actions resulted from a simple misunderstanding rather than malice
• “The Wolf and Seven Young Kids” by the Grimm brothers
o Still debating on this one it’s more like “Little Red Riding Hood,” but it might be interesting to show how different tales overlap
• Eugene Trivizas’s “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig”
o A cute twist on the classic where the roles of the pigs and the wolf are reversed
• Green Jello’s song, “Three Little Pigs”
• Disney’s song, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf”
o Part of a short film produced by Disney that retells the story in a more traditional manner
• “A Dairy Tale: The Three Little Pigs”
o Another Disney remake; interesting because it assumes the viewer’s familiarity with the story (like some of the other version above)
Obviously, we may not have time to cover everything in this list in our presentation, so we still have some narrowing down to go. This list is by no means finalized.
Also, we’re still discussing the format we want to present our study in. Some options might be to create a long blog or a website where we can include links to all of the versions listed above and explain their significance to the tale as a whole. Then we could choose a select few versions to present to the class. In our presentation, we will compare and contrast the different versions: we will read select lines from each version (possibly from a power point or a handout) and also, play the songs selected using YouTube. We will formulate a list of questions to ask the class based on the similarities and differences between the versions (For example, we might ask the class something along the lines of “Which is the real version, the true story, of The Three Little Pigs? Is there one?”)
Below is a rough outline of what we have yet to do in preparation for our presentation:
• Narrow our thesis for our presentation (We know we are focusing on “The Three Little Pigs” as an intertextual study, but we’re still dealing with general ideas at this point.)
• Find and read secondary sources to support/ help formulate our argument.
• Choose the format in which we will present our work.
• Put the whole presentation together.
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