Wednesday, June 8, 2011

[Resources] Propp's Morphology

Vladimir Propp was a Russian literary theorist who wrote Morphology of the Folktale (1928), which broke up the structure of the folktale. Though unknown in the west until the 1950s, Propp's treatise includes 8 characters and 31 functions.

The 31 functions of the folktale are step-by-step, allowing for jumps forward but no regression. They include (to name a few) absent family members, the villain's reconnaissance, villainy, receipt of a magical agent, pursuit, transfiguration of the hero and the villain punished.

Take at look at the morphology. It may help your game.

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