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The endurance of female love: romantic ideology in H. C. Andersen's The Snow Queen
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2009 (English)In: Cold matters: cultural perceptions of snow, ice and cold, Umeå: Umeå University and Royal Skyttean Society , 2009, 191-207 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Like all H. C. Andersen's stories, the fairy tale The Snow Queen (1844) is a text with many links to the tradition of Romanticism. This article concentrates on (a) Andersen's use of symbols, especially ice and snow; (b) the three-fold composition in the story, and (c) the allegorical structure. These levels in Andersen's text are placed in the framework of a larger Romantic ideology or philosophy. When focusing on the Romantic tradition in a larger sense, special attention will be paid to the female protagonist in the story in relation to the male and/or Faustian ideal, whose origins are to be found in Goethe's drama Faust. Within the allegorical scheme special attention will be paid to Lilith, also appearing in Faust, and to 1 Cor. 13, a text where the distorted mirror and the divergence between child and adult are key symbols, as in Andersen's tale. Finally, the tale's female protagonist Gerda is interpreted as the bearer of Rousseau's educational ideas and the Christian notion of agape.

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Umeå: Umeå University and Royal Skyttean Society , 2009. 191-207 p.
Northern studies monographs: Umeå University and the Royal Skyttean Society, ISSN 2000-0405 ; 1
Keyword [en]
Aesthetic subjects - Literature
Keyword [sv]
Estetiska ämnen - Litteraturvetenskap
Research subject
Swedish and Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-20726Local ID: 7690d5b0-c310-11de-b769-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-91-88466-70-9OAI: diva2:993770
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