FairyPlay: Recycling Trash in Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales and Children’s Play

  • Herdis Toft

Resumé

Hans Christian Andersen is a cultural icon in the Danish community, and his fairy tales are canonized as treasured Danish cultural heritage. However, situated as they are today in a cross-cultural mix between folklore, booklore and medialore, they may also be analyzed as useful, treasured trash in a play culture where children recycle them in transmitted, transformed and transgressive modes. In these processes, the children perform what will be termed FairyPlay. In this article, I present Hans Christian Andersen as an intimate connoisseur of play culture, a homo ludens, a trash-sculptor and a thingfinder, like Pippi Longstocking and like children in play.

Publiceret
2019-01-17
Citation/Eksport
Toft, H. “FairyPlay: Recycling Trash in Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales and Children’s Play”. Aktualitet - Litteratur, Kultur Og Medier, Bd. 13, nr. 1, januar 2019, s. 249-70, https://tidsskrift.dk/aktualitet/article/view/112067.