List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
Everything in the picture book was alive
'Everything in the picture book was alive': Hans Christian Andersen's strategy of textual animation in his fairy tales and the interactive child reader.
A paper proposal presented to the conference 'Hans Christian Andersen between Children's literature and Adult literature.' The Fourth International Hans Christian Andersen Conference. the Hans Christian Andersen Center at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, August 1-5, 2005
Jacqueline Reid-Walsh Bishop's University, Lennoxville Quebec Canada
Lois Kutnets has examined Andersen's innovation in bringing to children's literature the category of the living toy but the paper toy has not been distinguished from the material artifact. This paper analyzes fairy tales like 'Little Ida's Flowers,' 'The Wild Swans,' 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' and 'The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep' that evoke an animated world analogous to the interactivity of engaging with moveable books like harlequinades, paper dolls books and toy theatres. Historical and cultural context will consist of discussion of Andersen's fascination with the toy theatre as a child, his continued interest with pantomime theatre throughout this life, and his construction of paper cut-outs which he referred to as 'fairy tales.' The approach of children's media theory is based upon my research into the history of mediated forms of interactivity.