Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

by Harold Bloom (Editor)


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Bloom's Modern Critical Views is a gathering of a representative selection of the best contemporary criticism of the poets, novelists, essayists, and playwrights of the Western world who are most widely studied and read. Each volume opens with an introductory essay by Harold Bloom, in which he offers his own insights into the author's work, and an editor's note that comments on the individual analyses that follow. Also included are bibliographies for each author, brief notes on the contributors, and useful chronologies. Bloom's Modern Critical Views is a critical presentation of those men and women who, from medieval times to the present, have shaped the Western tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791081297
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2005
Series: Bloom's Modern Critical Views Series
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom's books -- about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature -- are as erudite as they are accessible.


New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Date of Death:

October 14, 2019

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Editor's Notevii
Introduction to Hans Christian Anderson1
The Fairy Tale of Andersen's Life7
Andersen's Literary Work27
Andersen's Heroes and Heroines: Relinquishing the Reward33
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales and Stories: Secrets, Swans and Shadows39
Nemesis of Mimesis: The Problem of Representation in H.C. Andersen's Psychen51
Hans Christian Andersen-The Journey of His Life75
Hans Christian Andersen and the European Literary Tradition115
Heroes in Hans Christian Andersen's Writings175
Kiss of the Muse: 1860-1865189
Counteracting the Fall: "Sneedronningen" and "Iisjomfruen": The Problem of Adult Sexuality in Fairytale and Story215

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