List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
Hans Christian Andersen as a Tourist?
In an age - our own - of 'Rough' Guides and 'Lonely Planet' Guides, the debate continues: was Andersen a 'tourist' or a 'traveller'? Is being one better than being the other? Did it make any difference to him and should it make any difference to us?
The answer lies in Andersen's travel notes and travel descriptions where we see him articulate his relationship with 'the other', with the foreign worlds he was able to visit, experience, interpret and present to his Danish readership in print. This paper investigates Andersen's literary conquest of the world, with particular emphasis on his two journeys to England and Scotland in 1847 and 1857.