Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Academy
Futurelearn
Kurzbeschreibung
Explore the fairy tale world of HC Andersen - the inspiration behind The Little Mermaid and Frozen - with this free online course.
Kursarten
E-Learning
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Literatur

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Kursinhalt

Discover why HCA’s tales have such universal appeal for both children and adults

This course will introduce you to some of Hans Christian Andersen’s most popular fairy tales, as well as a few less well-known ones. It will help you analyse the themes in these fairy tales, and give you an opportunity to discuss how these works were viewed in the author’s own times as well as their cross-cultural importance today, as the inspiration for many popular books and movies. Each week, experts from the internationally renowned HC Andersen Center will guide discussions, analyses and interpretations of one or more of the author’s fairy tales.

You will need a basic ability to read and understand Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales in English. Otherwise, a curiosity about and a love for the fairy tale genre is the sole prerequisite for the course.

New English translations of the fairy tales will be used. You can download them from this website.

Kursziele
Describe the life and works of the writer Hans Christian Andersen.,Describe the fairy tale genre.,Apply relevant models to the analysis of fairy tales.,Interpret fairy tales and uncover themes and meanings.,Discuss and compare different analyses and interpretations of fairy tales.,Explain the themes embedded in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales.,Reflect on and discuss Hans Christian Andersen’s contemporary and cross-cultural relevance.
Anforderungen
You will need a basic ability to read and understand Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales in English. Otherwise, a curiosity about and a love for the fairy tale genre is the sole prerequisite for the course.
Kurssprache
Englisch