Denmark, My Native Land!

Hans Christian Andersen as a Happiness Object with Killjoy Potential

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Resumé

Hans Christian Andersen is staged as a national icon in contemporary
Danish political and cultural contexts, where certain affective perceptions of the
Danish community are attached to him and his authorship. In this article, we discuss the content and function of some of these constructions by use of cultural studies scholar Sara Ahmed’s term killjoy (The Promise of Happiness). It is our main argument that while Andersen’s oeuvre represents a complexity of meanings, this complexity is sometimes lost when certain interpretations are extracted from his texts. Our analytical focus is on such polarized receptions and readings of Andersen and his authorship, and it is our aim to accentuate the complexity of the intermediate layer where different values are negotiated. Thus, we argue that Andersen’s own texts contain a killjoy-potential that can be brought to the fore through analysis of his texts and different stagings of him.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftForum for World Literature Studies
Vol/bind11
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)209-225
ISSN1949-8519
StatusUdgivet - 27. jul. 2019

Fingeraftryk

happiness
Denmark
staging
cultural studies
interpretation
community
Native Land
Happiness
Hans Christian Andersen
Values
Authorship

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Denmark, My Native Land! Hans Christian Andersen as a Happiness Object with Killjoy Potential. / Thomsen, Torsten Bøgh; Bom, Anne Klara.

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