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Danish Society in Transition Historical Turning Points -1776 American Revolution -About representation, being involved in government -Outgrowth of enlightenment -1781 French Revolutions -Call to arms is not only right of life, liberty and happiness but also right of life, liberty, happiness and property -Not just about the right to vote but to have the right to own property -1848 Revolutions around Europe -Paris, berlin, etc -The people Andersen is writing about is about the people, who don’t have a voice, but want to have one. Part of the realism -1848 June Constitution in Denmark -King Frederik VII -Shift to constitutional monarchy -Prolonged over Andersen’s life -1857 Destruction of the wall around Copenhagen -Symbolism that Copenhagen is now open to not only the elite but to people in Andersen’s class. It’s not about your name or your wealth but about who you are and what your talents are. Modern breakthrough: push limits of lit to push limits of society, literature, and provide place for social issues that need to be discussed. Irony- it’s about waking us up and making us invested in the world around us. How does some book that is written in the past change the face of history? -It arouses people’s awareness of things
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2012 for the course LITTRANS 275 taught by Professor Allen during the Spring '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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