List of abstracts for the IV International HCA conference - Hans Christian Andersen between children's literature and adult literature
Hans Christian Andersen is famous for using language aimed at children
In his fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen is famous for using language that has a special appeal to children. This may be seen both in the vocabulary and in the syntax of some of the tales. On the other hand, there are clear differences between the fairly cheerful early tales 'told for children' and the much darker and more sardonic late tales. This paper aims to explore the language of a representative number of early and late tales, with a view to determining to what extent they were written mainly or partly, if at all, with children in mind as readers and/or listeners. Such an analysis is likely to show, more reliably than overt statements can do, the nature of the intended readership for particular Andersen texts and even for whole periods of his writing career.