Andersen og Blixen

Thomsen, T. B. (Organizer)

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To-dages seminar på H.C. Andersen Centret om H.C. Andersen og Karen Blixens forfatterskaber. Arrangeret og chairet af og med bidrag fra professor Jacob Bøggild, postdoc Ane Grum-Schwensen og PhD-stipendiat Torsten Bøgh Thomsen. Beskrivelse fra seminarets Call for Papers: There can be no doubt that Hans Christian Andersen and Karen Blixen are the two most famous and celebrated Danish storytellers. Both writers and their respective authorships have grasped the attention and imagination of readers all over the world. There is a wealth of scholarship on both au- thorships and international conferences on both writers have gathered participants from many parts of the world. But the possible affinities and points of intersection between the two writers and their authorships have been more or less neglected. There are obvious reasons for this. Internationally, Andersen is almost exclusively recognised as a writer of fairy tales and more often than not viewed predominantly as a children’s writer. He was born to a very poor family and in spite of his social climb he in several ways remained a man of the people and an alien figure amongst the elite of the society of his day. Blixen, on the other hand, was born as a member of the societal elite and she successfully maintained an air of aristocracy and exotic mystery throughout her career. She never wrote fairy tales proper but rather sophisticated novellas disguised as classical tales of destiny. However, there are numerous affinities and points of intersection between the two writes and their respective authorships. They were both avid travellers with a deep interest in and an astonishing sensitivity towards other cultures. They share an acute eye for the Other – or the Other’s – perspective, while they at the same time areacutely aware of human fallibility when it comes to acknowledging the point of view of the Other. While still alive, they were both active and expert designers of their own myths as artists and storytellers. They were both Romantics in key senses of this term and they were both visual artists in their own right. The tales and stories of both writers share central concerns and have important themes and motifs in common. The facul- ty of imagination and its crucial but often wayward impact on the human condition is a major concern in both author- ships. States of anxiety and struggles of recognition abound in them both. The same goes for Gothic undercur- rents and elements of the literary fantastic. The question of genre is a pertinent thematic issue in the tales and stories of both writers.
Period20. Jan 201621. Jan 2016
Event typeSeminar
LocationOdense, Denmark