Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Summer Course: The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen A&H/GCC

Taught in English  First four-week summer session

Germanic Studies / EURO: Topics in Scandinavian Literature

The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

May 13 – June 6, 2014       M-F, 10:20AM-12:30

GER-E363/K507   WEUR-W406/605     (3cr.)

Arts & Humanities Breadth of Inquiry credit
Global Civ & Culture Studies credit

In this course we will delve into the universe that is Hans Christian Andersen. We will focus on his tales and examine them through their structure and content. We’ll also address the way they relate to the author’s life and his time, and discuss their relevance to us. The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier are just some of the extremely popular and highly beloved stories we will read. Ever relevant and touching, they penetrate deeply into the soul of modern man. Andersen examines this soul with all its beauty and repulsiveness, reaches to the core of humanity, and expresses it in a previously unimagined  and subsequently unsurpassed ways.  What was it in the unique personality of this particular human being that made possible his astounding artistic achievement? What was it in the age and the place, and in the particular life trajectory of Hans Christian Andersen that yielded such profoundly vast and successful oeuvre?

By the end of the course you will be able to identify and discuss  major currents in the development of European society, philosophical thought and art in the 19th century. You will be able to analyze  literary texts in terms of form and content, as well as use them to identify and question assumptions with which you approach the world.

The final grade will be based on two response papers, frequent quizzes, two small exams, the core of a final paper, regular class attendance and participation in the class discussion.


Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories

Translated from the Danish by Erik Christian Haugaard


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