Twentieth-Century Danish Literature Criticism: Major Works - Essay

George Bisztrav (essay date winter 1976)

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SOURCE: Bisztrav, George. “Documentarism and the Modern Scandinavian Novel.”1Scandinavian Studies 48, no. 1 (winter 1976): 71-83.

[In the following essay, Bisztrav analyses the development of documentarian tendencies in the modern Scandinavian novel.]

Early in 1969, the editors of Vinduet initiated a symposium to elucidate particular problems of the documentary tendency in modern literature. During the discussion, the Swedish guest, Per Olov Enquist, exclaimed: “Det er litt dumt dette med betegnelsen “dokumentær” kanskje, det sentrale spørsmålet i denne sammenheng er fiction eller non-fiction.”2 There was hardly a more...

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Torben Brostrøm (essay date 1977)

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SOURCE: Brostrøm, Torben. Introduction to Contemporary Danish Poetry: An Anthology, edited by Line Jensen, Erik Vagn Jensen, Knud Mogensen, and Alexander D. Taylor, pp. 1-10. Boston, Mass.: Twayne, 1977.

[In the following essay, Brostrøm reviews the development of modern Danish poetry, focusing on stylistic and thematic trends particularly influential in Denmark during the first half of the twentieth century.]

For a description of modern Danish poetry, various historical points of departure may be chosen, e.g., the nearly century-old Naturalism with its new idea of man, coinciding with the emergence of industrialism and capitalism. In many respects we are still...

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Frank Egholm Andersen and John Weinstock (essay date 1986)

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SOURCE: Andersen, Frank Egholm, and John Weinstock. “Danish Literary Criticism since 1960.” In The Nordic Mind: Current Trends in Scandinavian Literary Criticism, pp. 1-5. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1986.

[In the following essay, Andersen presents a brief synopsis of Danish literary critical thought.]

It has been extremely exciting to follow Danish literary criticism and research during the last two decades. Denmark is a very small country but nevertheless has a culture and a language all its own. Exactly because of this limitation in size, Danish cultural and literary debates are notably sensitive to what is happening in other, larger cultural...

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