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H.C. Andersen

The Legacy of Hans Christian Andersen in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
10-12 November 2005


Brian Alderson (Author): “Dueling Translations.” (with Donald Haase).

Julia Briggs (De Montfort University): “Andersen in England: Licensing the Imagination.”

Hans-Heino Ewers (Director of the Institut für Jugendbuchforschung): “Andersen as Seen by German Children’s Literature Critics in the Late 19th and 20th Centuries.”

Diana Crone Frank (ABC News) and Jeffrey Frank (Senior Editor, New Yorker): “On Translating H. C. Andersen.”

Mikhail Magaril (Artist): “Migratory Birds: Illustrating Andersen's Nightingale.”

Johan de Mylius (Director of the Hans Christian Andersen Center at the University of Southern Denmark): “‘Our time is the time of the fairy tale:’ Hans Christian Andersen Between Traditional Craft and Literary Modernism.” 

Terry Staples (Author): Commentator (with Jack Zipes) on the films The Little Match Girl (1902), The Bird and the King (1979), Thumbelina (1955), The Princess and the Pea (1976), The Red Shoes (1990) and The Little Match Girl (1991). 

Naomi Wood (Kansas State University): “The Ugly Duckling's Legacy: Hans Christian Andersen and Contemporary Fantasy.”

Jane Yolen: “Uncle Hans, Cousin Oscar, and Me: Three Fairy Tale Writers, Three Fairy Tale Approaches.” 

Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota): “Critical Reflections about Hans Christian Andersen, the Failed Revolutionary.”


Complementing the formal papers will be the presentation of Andersen's works in various forms, including live storytelling by Storytelling Arts Inc. devoted to the telling of tales--both familiar and unfamiliar--to introduce participants to the full range of Andersen's achievements as a writer. A number of films, both shorts and feature-length, will be screened, and there will be live dramatic reproductions, including excerpts from an operatic adaptation of "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" performed by the Westminster Conservatory Youth Opera Workshop.

There will also be a major exhibition of Andersen's works on display in Firestone Library's Milberg Gallery. Wonderful Stories for Pictures: H. C. Andersen and His Illustrators will include a wide variety of books and other items offering a survey of Andersen's illustrators, featuring the stunning new version of "The Nightingale" by Russian book artist Mikhail Magaril. The exhibition will debut on 9 October 2005 and will be open to the public through 26 March 2006.