A new life of Hans Christian Andersen : a study of the ‘peculiar nature’ of an author’s life

Gislason, Kari (2014) A new life of Hans Christian Andersen : a study of the ‘peculiar nature’ of an author’s life. Australian Book Review, 122, pp. 32-33.

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A review of "Hans Christian Andersen : European Witness" by Paul Binding (Yale UP, 2014).

How a writer bears witness to his age is necessarily the expression of many things, not least the possibly quite peculiar nature of an author’s life. Literary works often emerge from complex upbringings, from periods of youthful isolation spent reading and writing. More still seem to have been written as a result of the fraught relationships that befall authors, perhaps because authors so often view their relationships with a degree of creative and critical distance. And yet, if a writer’s output evidences an unusual life, it also witnesses broader questions being asked by a community as a whole. At some level, even the most remarkable figures are typical of their age, and reflections of it. By the close of Paul Binding’s study of the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen (1805–75), we are reminded that extraordinary feats of originality and imagination are often the result of how unique minds enter wider discourses...

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ID Code: 76446
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Hans Christian Andersen, Authorship, Creative Writing, Literature, Travel Writing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2014 22:23
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 20:46

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