Welcome to The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Littrans 275 and Scandst 375). This is the summer distance version of this course.
Niels Ingwersen and Scott A. Mellor developed this course. It is primarily Mr. Ingwersen you see in the broadcast.
About this Course
The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen is a splendid storyteller--he entertains us well--but in order to dispel some common, but sorely mistaken, notions about him, please keep in mind that Andersen is not a sweetly amiable, pleasant, sentimentally naive and childlike storyteller. He can pretend to be all that, but the best of his tales have a sting; they are humorous, but darkly so; and they probe into moral and existential issues that remain with us.
Hans Christian Andersen loved to tell stories to children, but he loathed the reputation that he was only a children's author. His stories explore the human soul and deal with its complexity. Do not expect simplicity--expect the opposite!