EUS 361 • Hans Christian Andersen-W
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
The principal objective of this course is to familiarize you with the works of Hans Christian Andersen, with an emphasis on his fairy tales. Through the reading of numerous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, the course aims at increasing your ability to think and work analytically. This includes developing the ability to read and analyze literary and non-literary texts, to voice criticism through coherent argumentation, to reason by analogy, to formulate good questions and to communicate your discoveries to others by writing an academic essay. During the course, we will read and analyze some of Hans Christian Andersen's best-known fairytales, as well as a renowned Andersen biography. Our readings will include the biographical traits of his stories, but will primarily focus on his mastery of the genre and his complex narrative method. Furthermore, we will broaden our scope to include contemporaries in the Romantic Age, or the "Golden Age". Hans Christian Andersen's fantastic fairy tales have attracted numerous film (and theatre) makers. We will watch and analyze excerpts from these adaptations as an integral part of the course.
Essay 1: 15% Essay 2: 15% Response papers: 15% Quizzes: 20% Participation: 10% Final essay: 25%
Jackie Wullschlager: Hans Christian Andersen. The Life of a Storyteller Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories (trans. Erik Christian Haugaard) The textbooks are available in the University Coop.