List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
The Child and Death
In general Andersen does not take his stand in a children's perspective on the world or deal specifically with children or their world. He does so now and then, but mostly he aims at the adult world and its experiences. When dealing with children, however, Andersen often includes a perspective very familiar to parents of his period: death. The rate of dying children was still high in the 19. century, and being some kind of realist Andersen focuses on this tragic fact in his fairy tales and stories as well as in his poems. The paper gives an overview of this theme in Andersen's production and examines his interpretation of this utterly meaningless experience so well known to his readers.