List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
On Andersen's 'The Snow Queen'
Due to the fact that that we know so much about Hans Christian Andersen's thoughts and whereabouts it has been somewhat easy – and tempting – to trace and find patterns in his fairy tales that are closely linked to experiences and events of the author's life. Such studies are very interesting – alas they only reveal minor aspects in Andersen's artistic manoeuvres. By interpretation of the fairy tale 'The Snow Queen' I will try to show how pieces of recollection, education and religion through Andersen's modern language and narrative – as in the puzzle of the ice cold reason – art are put into a masterpiece of a fairy tale.