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Abstracts for papers to be given at the IV International HCA conference

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List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature

Scanavino, Carola;   Plenary lecture 0   Caught between heaven and hell: the two faces of H. C. Andersen
Christensen, Erik M.;   Plenary lecture 1   The Queen and I
Kuhn, Hans;   Plenary lecture 2   Andersen's poems for and about children.
Mylius, Johan de; Docent, dr. phil.   Plenary lecture 3   The Child and Death
Malmkjær, Kirsten; Prof.   Plenary lecture 4   The Language that Stayed at Home: Hans Christian Andersen's way with words.
Stecher-Hansen, Marianne; Associate Professor, Grad   Plenary lecture 5   From Romantic to Modernist Metatexts: Commemorating Andersen and the Self-Referential Text
Draga-Alexandru, Maria Sabina;   Plenary lecture 6
'Out of a Swan's Egg' Metamorphosis in H. C. Andersen's Tales and 'The Fairy Tale of My Life'
'It does not matter in the least being born in a duckyard, if
only you come out of a swan's egg.' (H. C. Andersen, 'The Ugly Duckling')

'Now I am ready to tell you how bodies are changed/ Into
different bodies.' (Ovid, 'Metamorphoses', trans. Ted Hughes)

Metamorphosis is, in classical mythology, a change in the body. It is a change for the worse when it happens as a result of God's/the gods' revenge on someone as punishment for hybris, or for the better, following initiation through suffering and purification. In Andersen's fairy tales both patterns occur. They have an educative function within the world of children's values. In 'The Fairy Tale of My Life' these values are used as guidemarks along Andersen's path throughout his life as various experiences change him from 'the ugly duckling' into the swan. Travelling and performance ­ changing location and disguise ­contribute to various temporary and permanent forms of metamorphosis in the writer's identity formation.
This paper will study the concept of metamorphosis in Andersen's writing in a double perspective. One dimension will be mythical, as proposed by Ovid and Marina Warner. The other will be contemporary, in an attempt to reposition Andersen's view of metamorphosis within the frame of nomadic understandings of the self as proposed by Deleuze and Guattari on the one hand and Rosi Braidotti on the other. I would like to suggest that in the contemporary world, increasingly informed by the experience of globalisation, where time and space are becoming more compact, Andersen's own metamorphosis through travelling (or 'flying') can be reread as a foreshadowing of the contemporary model of the citizen of the world.

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Korovin, Andrey V.; Ph.D, Associate professor   Plenary lecture 7   Chronotope of Andersen's Fairy Tales and Stories
Lotz, Martin; Psychiatrist, Psychoanaly   Plenary lecture 8   The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep in the light of psychoanalytic thinking
Andersen, Hans Christian;   Workshop I   Hans Christian Andersen as a Tourist?
Hees, Annelies van;   Workshop I   HCA was no hypochondriac: he was ill
Jensen, Lars Bo; Ph.D-studerende   Workshop I   Children and tunings in Hans Christian Andersen's travel books
Kofoed, Lone Funch; cand.mag.   Workshop I   Shadow Pictures - Truth or tale
Baran, Zbigniew; ph.d.   Workshop II   Encyclopaedic Portraits of HCA
Isaeva, Elisaveta; Professor   Workshop II   Evgeny Shwartz and H. C. Andersen
Minovska- Devedzhieva, Rossitsa; dir.   Workshop II   Hans Christian Andersen in Puppet Theatre
Reid-Walsh, Jacqui; lecturer   Workshop II   Everything in the picture book was alive
Bliudzius, Arunas; Sc.secr.   Workshop III   Publishing of H.C.Andersen's Tales in Lithuanian and Latvian
Dumitrescu, Anca; prof.dr.   Workshop III   H.C. Andersen and His First Romanian Translators
Müürsepp, Mare; PhD   Workshop III   H. C. Andersen fairy tales for Estonian readers
Pedersen, Viggo Hjørnager; Lektor, dr. phil.   Workshop III   'Out in the world, thoughts come'
Sezer, Sarap; MA   Workshop III   Turkish Translations of Andersen's Fairy Tales
Øster, Anette; forskningsassistent   Workshop III   Andersen in translation
Davidsen, Mogens;   Workshop IV   'Childishness' as Poetic Strategy
Lundskær-Nielsen, Tom; Dr., Senior Lecturer   Workshop IV   Hans Christian Andersen is famous for using language aimed at children
Massengale, James;   Workshop IV   Little Gerda's Moratoria
Mhlakaza, Vincent A.;   Workshop IV   Hans Christian Andersen in Southern Africa
Weinreich, Torben; professor   Workshop IV   Hans Christian Andersen - writing for children?
Askgaard, Ejnar; M.A.   Workshop V   On Andersen's 'The Snow Queen'
Mikkelsen, Cynthia Mikaela; postgraduate   Workshop V   The element of fear in H.C. Andersen's fairytales