List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
'Childishness' as Poetic Strategy
The formal character of many of HCA's texts anticipates a part of the modernistic development of the 20th century which can bee seen as an artistic attempt to answer the nature of 'reality'.
In early modernism, features such as lack ofperspective, fragmentary composition, grammatical parataxis and disfiguration are often characterized as expressions of 'primitivism' or 'naivism'; labes that indicate a certain 'childishness' in art and literature.
The lecture will investigate the connections between the formal childishness of Andersen and the orientation of early modernism, and suggest that Andersen's experience of reality is one of 'neagtive capability' as John Keats names a vital mental capacity of the artist.