E 322 • Hans Christian Andersen
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Hans Christian Andersen is without question the best-known Dane. He was already famous in his lifetime and the strive for fame was a driving force in his life: "25 years ago, I arrived with my small parcel in Copenhagen, a poor stranger of a boy, and today I have been drinking my chocolate with the Queen". A large part of his works, which included novels, plays, poetry, tales and short stories (besides his extensive diaries), is an attempt to interpret his own social destiny: "The history of my life will be the best commentary on my work," he stated.
Mistakenly, Andersen's works have been considered to be exclusively for children. He is far more than that. He is the first great fantasy storyteller and his influence on Danish - and world - literature is immense. HCA's fantastic fairy tales have attracted numerous film (and theatre) makers. We will watch and analyse excerpts from these as part of the course.
Three papers of 6-7 pages (one of which may be substantially revised) 80%
Class participation 20%
Jackie Wullschlager, Hans Christian Andersen, The Life of a Storyteller
Hans Christian Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories