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Ulysses and the Sirens

Next week

We hope you have enjoyed Week 4 of the course and gained new insight into Hans Christian Andersen as an author who tells stories to the little ones “while always remembering that Father and Mother often listen, and you must also give them something for their minds”.

This week, we have discovered how Hans Christian Andersen in his fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ raises modern questions. Next week, professor Jacob Bøggild will introduce you to two of the authors so-called “new fairy tales”: ‘The Story of a Mother’ and ‘The Snow Queen’. As we shall see, these well-known, self-invented tales transform the fairy tale genre into a modern reflection on religious meaning and fiction.

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Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

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