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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

Andersen, Hans Christian;   Workshop I   Hans Christian Andersen as a Tourist?
Askgaard, Ejnar; M.A.   Workshop V   On Andersen's 'The Snow Queen'
Baran, Zbigniew; ph.d.   Workshop II   Encyclopaedic Portraits of HCA
Bliudzius, Arunas; Sc.secr.   Workshop III   Publishing of H.C.Andersen's Tales in Lithuanian and Latvian
Christensen, Erik M.;   Plenary lecture 1   The Queen and I
Davidsen, Mogens;   Workshop IV   'Childishness' as Poetic Strategy
Dumitrescu, Anca; prof.dr.   Workshop III   H.C. Andersen and His First Romanian Translators
Hees, Annelies van;   Workshop I   HCA was no hypochondriac: he was ill
Isaeva, Elisaveta; Professor   Workshop II   Evgeny Shwartz and H. C. Andersen
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
Korovin, Andrey V.; Ph.D, Associate professor   Plenary lecture 7   Chronotope of Andersen's Fairy Tales and Stories
Kuhn, Hans;   Plenary lecture 2   Andersen's poems for and about children.
Lotz, Martin; Psychiatrist, Psychoanaly   Plenary lecture 8   The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep in the light of psychoanalytic thinking
Lundskær-Nielsen, Tom; Dr., Senior Lecturer   Workshop IV   Hans Christian Andersen is famous for using language aimed at children
Malmkjær, Kirsten; Prof.   Plenary lecture 4   The Language that Stayed at Home: Hans Christian Andersen's way with words.
Massengale, James;   Workshop IV   Little Gerda's Moratoria
Mhlakaza, Vincent A.;   Workshop IV   Hans Christian Andersen in Southern Africa
Mikkelsen, Cynthia Mikaela; postgraduate   Workshop V
The element of fear in H.C. Andersen's fairytales
Mmany discussions have been made regarding the nature and elements of fairytales but, most scientists avoid getting into detailed analysis of their psychological aspects.

Vladimir Propp is regarded the pioneer in the scientific field of fairytales’ morphology and he has marked that, one of the most frequent elements of fairytales and folktales in general, is evil and the fear it provokes to the heroes.

My essay derives from my personal belief that H.C. Andersen’s fairytales are different from most others since one can read not only Freudian symbolism into them but also Melanie Klein’s and Julia Kristeva’s theories apart from the very popular Jungian approach that most scientists refer to.

In these fairytales magic or specified fear by the figure of a monster or a witch -in the means that we find it in other fairytales- does not exist since the evil is very real and seems to refer directly to ones everyday angst. Themes such as poverty, social exclusion, racism dominate the plot and wicked people seem to be only the excuse for a more psychological, interior battle.

Therefore, I attempt to approach the following 6 fairytales: The Wild Swans, The Little Match Girl, The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Little Mermaid, using Freud’s, Klein’s and Kristeva’s theories in order to identify the heroes’ fear, angst and its source. My aim is to discuss fear thoroughly (which is the object of the fear?) and propose my own “interpretation” based on the above theories or even make an attempt to deconstruct them.
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Minovska- Devedzhieva, Rossitsa; dir.   Workshop II   Hans Christian Andersen in Puppet Theatre
Mylius, Johan de; Docent, dr. phil.   Plenary lecture 3   The Child and Death
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'
Reid-Walsh, Jacqui; lecturer   Workshop II   Everything in the picture book was alive
Scanavino, Carola;   Plenary lecture 0   Caught between heaven and hell: the two faces of H. C. Andersen
Sezer, Sarap; MA   Workshop III   Turkish Translations of Andersen's Fairy Tales
Stecher-Hansen, Marianne; Associate Professor, Grad   Plenary lecture 5   From Romantic to Modernist Metatexts: Commemorating Andersen and the Self-Referential Text
Weinreich, Torben; professor   Workshop IV   Hans Christian Andersen - writing for children?
Øster, Anette; forskningsassistent   Workshop III   Andersen in translation