List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
Shadow Pictures - Truth or tale
In H.C. Andersen's early travelogue 'Skyggebilleder af en Reise til Harzen, det sachsiske Schweitz etc. etc., i Sommeren 1831' he challenges his readers to join him on a trip where reality and fantasy are blended into a shadowy picture. The story of the journey is the main tread, but the thoughts and memories, the dreams and fantasies of the poet play a no less important role in the narrator's experience of the journey as well as the reader's experience of the travelogue. In my paper I focus on Andersen's stylistic method as it shows in this travelogue. With examples from the text I illustrate the decisions on narrative style, that Andersen has made in order to make his readers perceive the story as a documentary description of an authentic journey - in a word: as the truth. And I examine Andersen's storytelling with specific emphasis on the narrator's role in painting a picture of a true story, and I try to show how the narrator in different ways deceives his own good intentions - holding back the storyline and staging himself as a poet, a storyteller or a commentary on art, theatre, music and even on his own story.