(2/16/01 7:08:24 am)
|Psychoanalysis Ugly Duckling|
I am college student working on the Ugly Duckling and would like to discuss psychoanalytic approaches to its interpretation.Project due soon! Help!
(2/20/01 6:39:02 am)
Not too sure about the psychoanalytical connections, but I did see a documentary television programme years ago about the life of Hans Christian Anderson. The Ugly Duckling was in fact himself, as a child he would rather read and write his stories rather than play with the other children, who thought him very odd.
But when he grew up and had his work published, then he becaame the swan (or in this case a published author) and it didn't matter anymore what those children had thought of him.
Has that been of any help?
(2/20/01 7:08:20 am)
|thank you for your help on the psychoanalysis|
Annette, thank you so much for the brief, but useful information. It is of great help to my project. I really appreciate all the help. Have a nice day.
(2/20/01 12:38:57 pm)
Annette, I'm curious: did the correlation of his life with the Ugly Duckling come from Hans Christian Anderson, or was the analysis made by a later reader? In other words (I'm always afraid I'm being unclear), did Anderson himself say that he was the Ugly Duckling?
That sounds like a very interesting documentary--thanks for sharing. I may have to try and find it myself.
(2/20/01 4:09:44 pm)
|the psychoanalytic thang|
Wolgang Lederer did the psychoanalytic thang with Andersen in The Kiss of the Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen and Man's Redemption by Woman. He's mostly concerned with The Snow Queen, but I think there may be some material on The Ugly Duckling in there. It did make me gag quite a lot though, even more so the Bettelheim in some sections! I find that many psychoanalytic interpretations have a tendency to over-simplify and moralise the tales.
(2/26/01 7:59:02 am)
From what I can remember (it was quite few years ago now!) in a journal, he compares himself to the Ugly Duckling, it wasn't referred to a by a later reader.
(2/26/01 4:21:09 pm)
|A Swan Story|
An associate of mine wrote and produced a story based on the ugly Duckling tale. His version dealt with teenagers and the desire of these young girls wanting to look like models. The desire to be super thin leads the main character on the path of anorexia. It was a beautiful story and won several awards.
(2/27/01 12:13:24 pm)
|Re: A Swan Story|
Another great modern version of The Ugly Duckling is Kathe Koja's "Becoming Charise" in A Wolf at the Door. In her story, the ugly duckling is a "science geek" teenage girl. It's a charming, and affecting, tale.