List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
Life and Death in The Little Mermaid: Three Contemporary Adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tale
This paper compares film adaptations of The Little Mermaid across three continents: the U.S., Australia and Europe. Thematically it focuses on how the various films treat Andersen's motif of life and death to accommodate not only child viewers, but also contemporary ideologies. As such, the films represent a modern, a postmodern and a late modern view of the turn of the twentieth century. Formally, the article investigates how the style of each film supports its overall message - as the productions range from low- to high budget, and from limited to full animation.
The conference paper will be a power-point presentation, illustrating the points made with clips from the animation films.