List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
The Soul of Things. Literary Forms and Popular Motifs in the Tales of H.C. Andersen.
Andersens first attempt to create fairy tales oriented itself at popular fairy tales, which he had heard in his childhood. Of course he removed ever more from these models and developed its own style of the literary fairy tale (Kunstmärchen). In contrast to the popular fairy tale its 'dramatis personae' are not types but they are individualized. Things are inspired, liveless objects win language, but not from a magic world view, for the 'marvelous' is displaced increasingly, as it was founded in the time mode of romantic philosophy, by a realistic representation: 'From the reality arises the most beautiful fairy tale'. The loans with the poets of the Romanticism (Musäus, Hoffmann, Heine, Chamisso, Fouqué, Novalis, Tieck, Eichendorf) are to be determined also numerously. He mixes the dimensions of the civil society with the world of the fantastic and reaches into strange cultures, from which reality he integrates it in a kind of 'Binnenexotik' in his fairy tales.