List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
Hans Christian Andersen - writing for children?
When Hans Christian Andersen in 1835 published his first four fairy tales in a humble booklet, they had the superior title Fairy Tales told for Children at the frontpage. Until 1842 and five booklets later his fairy tales were in the same way 'told for children'. Nevertheless it is frequently discussed if Andersen wrote his 156 fairy tales for children - or at least some of the fairy tales, and at least until 1842.
The general meta-theorethical question is: - What is the imperative condition or qualification if we want to designate a litterary work as children´s literature?
And the more specific question is: Was Andersen himself - especially in 1835-42 - aware of the requirements for writing for children?