"Carving the Perfect Citizen: The Adventures of Italian Pinocchio in the Soviet Union
and the United States"
Rachel Branson '14
For her honors project, Rachel followed the narrative transformation of the plot of
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi from text to film as well as cross-cultural modifications. The narrative
maintained its basic structure and story in each version (Italian, English, Russian),
while still including significant changes that make the tale relevant and important
for the pertinent culture.
Fairy tales at once confront prominent sociocultural issues while simultaneously performing
a didactic function. In Pinocchio, each incarnation includes an ideological message, whether it's to be a moral and good
little boy in the Italian text or in the American Walt Disney movie, or to be an ideal
Soviet citizen, as depicted in the Russian text and film.
Rachel received a Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award for her paper. She is
a graduate teaching fellow and Ph.D. student in comparative literature at the University
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