Commentary

Focus on newspaper and cards
Gerda Wegener, Queen of Hearts (Lili), 1928

In this section you will find our editorial principles and commentary; our translation principles and commentary; collation spreadsheets and documentation; and, a glossary of key persons and places from the narrative.

Below are two essays by Danish scholar Teit Ritzau from the 1980s, reprinted here with permission of the author, and a 2018 essay by members of our project team.

Chapter on Lili Elbe by Teit Ritzau from Paradiset er ikke til salg (1984) (with translation) | (PDF)

Foreword to Fra Mand til Kvinde (Skippershoved 1988) by Teit Ritzau (with translation) | (PDF)

Essay comparing the illustrations across the four primary editions, by Pamela L. Caughie and Sabine Meyer (PDF)

"Storm clouds on the horizon: feminist ontologies and the problem of gender,' by Pamela L. Caughie, Emily Datskou & Rebecca Parker (PDF)