The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
The Classroom and Resources



Course Requirements

Course Materials




Nete Schmidt
1368 Van Hise Hall
Tel: 262-2128
Department of Scandinavian Studies

The Ugly Duckling


The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen


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WELCOME to The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

 (Littrans 275 and Scand St 475).

This web page is for the Fall of 2010

The instructor for this course is Nete Schmidt. You can contact me by phone at 262-2128, or email at My office hours for Fall are 12 - 1 Tuesday and Thursday in 1368 Van Hise Hall.

Sample Exam


A number of Hans Christian Andersen's tales, well-known as well as not, will be examined during the next fifteen weeks.

Andersen is a splendid storyteller--he entertains us well--but in order to dispel some common, but sorely mistaken, notions about him, please keep in mind that Andersen is not a sweetly amiable, pleasant, sentimentally naive, and childlike storyteller.

He can pretend to be all that, but the best of his tales have a sting; they are humorous, but darkly so; and they probe into moral and existential issues that remain with us.

Hans Christian Andersen loved to tell stories to children, but he loathed the reputation that he was only a children's author. His stories explore the human soul and deal with its complexity. Do not expect simplicity--expect the opposite!