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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1850–1 | 1850–1 Big and Little Hans Christian's Modern Turning Point

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(p.634) 59 | 1850–1 Big and Little Hans Christian's Modern Turning Point
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

While Ørsted was writing his rejoinder to Bishop Mynster's review, Andersen was devastated at the Bishop's harsh attack. Their relationship started with Ørsted's patronage, but over the years it developed into an even and profound, artistic friendship. Andersen became infatuated with Ørsted's philosophy of life as is reflected in his stories (The Ugly Duckling, The Bell, The Shadow, and The Drop of Water). On the other hand Andersen ventured to criticize Ørsted's The Airship. They shared an optimistic dualism. Their views on Romanticism and the modern, technological world coincided (The Galoshes of Fortune, Old and Modern Time, The Thorny Road of Honour, The Philosopher's Stone, Thousand Years From Now, and The Muse of the New Century). It is argued how some of these stories reflect their mutual world-view, which marks a turning point away from Romanticism and the orthodox theology of the State Church in favour of science and reason.

Keywords:   Ørsted's patronage of Andersen replaced by mutual recognition and friendship, Andersen's stories and fairy tales (listed above), their mutual world-view, a turning point favouring science and reason

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