Join Scandinavian literature fans for an afternoon exploring the works and relevance of the great Danish fairy tale writer
Nordic Noir was not the first Scandinavian-grown genre or trend to reach global dominance. Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish fairy tale writer (among many other things) ‘modernised’ the fairy tale, and is still on the top ten of most translated authors in the world (ahead of the bible but behind Barbara Cartland, Disney and Lenin, of course). His tales are not strictly noir even though heads role and blood flows in ‘The Tinderbox’, women and children are violated in ‘She Was No Good’ and social inequalities are laid bare in ‘The Little Matchgirl’ – come to think of it, maybe Andersen’s tales were really as scandi noir as it gets!
On the 9th of October, 2014, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm every interested reader in London will have a chance to learn more about Andersen at UCL. We have invited Paul Binding, who will present his major book on Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness (Yale UP, 2014) and three researchers from the Danish H.C. Andersen Research Centre in Odense. They will talk about Andersen, his relevance for us today, Andersen and the uncanny and his century long popularity in China.