Easy-to-Read og Den grimme ælling

Johan Alexander Kjær Christensen, Emil Krog Mortensen, Malene Lund Staugaard & Charlotte Thiemke Jensen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This project revolves around Easy-to-read theory and aims to explore both its theoretical side and its practical applications. For the theoretical side we are presenting research theories by Christiane Maaß, International Federation of Library Association and Institutions, and Inclusion Europe, amongst others. These theories will constitute this papers’ theoretical foundation and will be applied in practice in rewritings of the classical Danish fairytale The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. In rewriting this fairytale, we will transcreate The Ugly Duckling into an Easy-to-Read tale through several iterative processes. The iterations will be in this papers appendices.
Additionally, to the Easy-to-read theory, this project will have a literary focus on The Ugly Duckling as a story and a work of art. This additional focus lead us to the problem statement: How can we write an Easy-to-Read rewriting of H.C Andersen’s fairytale “The Ugly Duckling”, without losing core literary elements of the story?
To work with this problem statement, we made an analysis of the basic elements of the story: themes, genre, characters, style, morality and narrator. Through this analysis, and our ongoing iterative process of the source text, we concluded that certain core elements could not be transferred completely, and some not at all, into the Easy-to-Read version of The Ugly Duckling. We concluded that genre and characters were transferable, but narrator and themes had to be slightly lessened in their presence in the story, or partially changed, to fit the Easy-to-read style. We could furthermore conclude that it is only marginally possible to transfer elements of H.C Andersen’s style into the Easy-to-Read version. Finally, the morality element of the fairytale, is the element that transferred most easily to the Easy-to-read format.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jan. 2019
Antal sider81
VejledereCarsten Levisen


  • Easy-to-Read
  • Den grimme ælling
  • H.C. Andersen
  • NSM
  • Natural Semantic Metalanguage
  • Christiane Maaß