LIFE & WORK NEWS Symposium on Andersen and Narratology

A symposium on the narrative challenge in Andersen's fairytales will be held at the Center for Narratological Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, August 15th-17th 2003.

By Lars Bo Jensen - University of Southern Denmark - 25 June 2003

Description of the symposium (read more at http://www.humaniora.sdu.dk/narratologi/CNS-hca.htm, from which I quote):

The foundation of the development of the modern science of narrative texts (narratology) has to a great extent been the folktale. Classical scientific works such as Vladimir Propp's Morphology of the Folktale (1928) and A. J. Greimas' Structural Semantics (1966) develop generic models on the basis of studies in this genre among others, which were later transferred to other narrative genres - which encompass novels, short stories as well as movies, advertisements, reports, computer games etc.

The aim of the symposium is to direct this focus specifically towards Hans Christian Andersens' use of the fairytale tradition - a task that has been neglected for way too many years, where the works primarily have been subjected to biographical studies and studies regarding mental history. (...)

The symposium will be held in English with participation of both foreign and domestic narratologists. The file of the symposium will subsequently be published at the University Press of Southern Denmark in English.

The symposium is organized by Center for Narratological Studies, Institute for Literature, Culture and Media. Contact persons: Per Krogh Hansen and Marianne Wolff Lundholt and with the participation of Anja Viberg () and Ane Rønn-Poulsen ().