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Meet the team

Five experts connected to the Hans Christian Andersen Centre have the great pleasure to host this course.

The Hans Christian Andersen Centre is a unit of the University of Southern Denmark. It is located in Odense, Denmark, the home town of the famous author. The purpose of the centre is to:

  • carry out cultural and literary research on an international level into the works, life and significance of Hans Christian Andersen.
  • communicate obtained knowledge on Hans Christian Andersen and his works.
  • contribute to the continued international visibility of Hans Christian Andersen’s works and his significance as a literary and cultural icon.

The Hans Christian Andersen Center collaborates with a large number of culture and research centers in Denmark and internationally.

The course will be run by Professors Johannes Nørregaard Frandsen and Jacob Bøggild, Ph.D. scholar Torsten Bøgh Thomsen and Professor Ivy York Möller-Christensen (the course educators), and Mette Dam Laursen (the course host).

The course is structured around you reading and analysing folk and fairy tales. The educators have provided analysis models and specific questions to guide your analyses. For each analysis you undertake, you will be able to see the educators’ sample analysis and interpretation in the step that follows. We also recommend that you read and comment on the analyses of fellow learners. This will give you inspiration and new insights.

Each Monday, you will receive a welcome e-mail giving the highlights of the activities and resources of the week. Each Friday you will receive and end of week e-mail that contains a summary of the discussions that have taken place that week, answers to queries made by learners and any relevant additional resources.

Reading these e-mails will help you get an overview of what has happened on the course and guide your learning in the weeks to come.

The course educators and host will monitor comments and discussions and respond when necessary. However, peer learning – you reading and responding to the comments of fellow learners is a very important part of the course. So we hope you will engage in the online discussions and contribute your ideas and thoughts.

On this course, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the educators in connection with 2 live sessions. There will be a live Q & A session on April 11, 2018 at 1.30 PM BST and a live Q & A session on April 25, 2018 at 1.30 PM BST. Follow the links above to learn more.

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Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

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