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Tommelise. Tummetott och Tändstickspojken: Androgyna äventyrligheter

Palm, Anders LU (2005) In H.C Andersens underbara resor i Sverige
Abstract
Thumbelina is one of Hans Christian Andersen´s most well-known tales, found worldwide in a wealth of translations and many illustrative versions, featuring not only in printed forms but also as children´s theatre, animated films and – in the bicentenary year of 2005 – also as a ballet with scenography and costume by Her Majesty Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark. In Odense, Andersen´s native city, there is a statue of Thumbelina in one of the squares. Ever since the days of Georg Brandes , critics have regarde this tale as an innocent ”little girl” story. This essay, however, attemtps to analyse Thumbelina as en early and complicated prototype of the Andersen ”eventyr”-genre. The starting point is its antagonistic attitude to the masculine Tom... (More)
Thumbelina is one of Hans Christian Andersen´s most well-known tales, found worldwide in a wealth of translations and many illustrative versions, featuring not only in printed forms but also as children´s theatre, animated films and – in the bicentenary year of 2005 – also as a ballet with scenography and costume by Her Majesty Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark. In Odense, Andersen´s native city, there is a statue of Thumbelina in one of the squares. Ever since the days of Georg Brandes , critics have regarde this tale as an innocent ”little girl” story. This essay, however, attemtps to analyse Thumbelina as en early and complicated prototype of the Andersen ”eventyr”-genre. The starting point is its antagonistic attitude to the masculine Tom Thumb-tradition (Perrault, Grimm, Oehlenschläger) and its root in the antropomorphic symbols of the animal fable (La Fontaine). As a hidden expression of Andersen´s own androgynous nature and his well-known fear of sexuality, Thumbelina gains an autbiographical dimension. leading to the author´s romantic vision of the white marriage.The sexual ambiguity of the tale is mirrored in Thumbelina´s reception in Sweden, where Selma Lagerlöf´s Nils Holgersson is her cousin, sometimes referred to as Tom Thumb. She is transferred to the little logo-boy on the labels of the ”Solstickan” match boxes , produced by Swedish Match, and originally a Thumbelina-illustration by Einar Nerman.Thumbelina – generally regarded as a boy! – on the Swedish match boxes has been sold in almost six billions copies since 1936 – and is thus one of the most frequently reproduced art pictures in the world. (Less)
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inter art and inter media studies, intertextuality, androgynity, Tom Thumb traditions, fairy tales, H. C. Andersen´s Thumbelina
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H.C Andersens underbara resor i Sverige
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Holmquist, Ivo and
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Makadam förlag
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1651-775X
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91-7061-014-2; 1651-775X
91-7061-014-2
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Swedish
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  author       = {Palm, Anders},
  editor       = {Holmquist, Ivo},
  isbn         = {91-7061-014-2; 1651-775X},
  issn         = {1651-775X},
  keyword      = {inter art and  inter media studies,intertextuality,androgynity,Tom Thumb traditions,fairy tales,H. C. Andersen´s Thumbelina},
  language     = {swe},
  publisher    = {Makadam förlag},
  series       = {H.C Andersens underbara resor i Sverige},
  title        = {Tommelise. Tummetott och Tändstickspojken: Androgyna äventyrligheter},
  year         = {2005},
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