Tag Archives: Hans Andersen

Every Time A Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings

I am writing on Hans Andersen in my forthcoming book on shadow play and despite the discourse of suffering and redemption, the stories are full of imagination and sensibility, and are always heart-wrenchingly empathic. Many of the tales have a … Continue reading

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Dark Musings From A Discarded Christmas Tree

  There is something of an arboreal theme going on on the blog just now following the announcement of the Beasts of the Forest conference. If you are decorating your tree you might like to read Hans Andersen’s unsettling account of … Continue reading

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Free Course: Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

I came across this free on-line course on Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, presented by The Hans Christian Andersen Centre at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark, via Future Learn (with whom I’m also doing a fascinating course … Continue reading

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Talking Trees and Unsettling Sensibilities

I came across Lars Ostenfeld’s unsettling adaptation of Han’s Andersen’s The Fir Tree (Danish: Grantræet) on the BBC iPlayer today. The tale was first published with ‘The Snow Queen’ on 21st December 1844. The story is narrated by the tree … Continue reading

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Tales for the Young by Hans Christian Andersen

It was the birthday of the great Victorian fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen yesterday, so here’s a useful page at the British Library, allowing you to view his classic Tales for the Young.

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Maria Tatar, ’10 Lesser-Known Fairy Tales That Should Get More Love’

Some of these tales I had heard of; others not, and my curiosity has been strongly stirred. The expert on folklore Maria Tatar gives a precis here of a variety of vivid tales from Italy, Japan, West Africa, and elsewhere … Continue reading

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