A History of Danish Literature

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Sven Hakon Rossel
U of Nebraska Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 709 pages
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For centuries, Denmark dominated the culture of Scandinavia, and its literature has influenced such English works as Beowulf and Hamlet as well as major philosophical movements: humanism, romanticism, existentialism. With contributions from nine internationally recognized scholars, A History of Danish Literature reaches back as far as the literary record allows, to the ancient runic inscriptions, and thence to medieval Latin, the development of literature in the vernacular, and the flowering of a distinct Danish literary tradition numbering among its luminaries Hans Christian Andersen, Soren Kierkegaard, and Karen Blixen. The volume includes, in addition, chapters on Faroese literature, women's literature, and children's literature.

The approach used in A History of Danish Literature is maintained in the other volumes of A History of Scandinavian Literatures, which surveys the literary history of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland. These literatures are viewed not only as part of an interrelated Scandinavian tradition but as part of world literature. A comparative approach is used through-out, and social and cultural history feature prominently. Contributors to Volume 1 include David W. Colbert, Sven H. Rossel, F.J. Billeskov Jansen, P.M. Mitchell, Niels Ingwersen, Poul Houe, W. Glyn Jones, Faith Ingwersen, and Flemming Mouritsen.

  

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Das dachte ich mir, dass Er sich ueber Nansen freuen wird. Ja - es war ein Stück Frau in seiner Seele - etwas Weibliches. Er war ein richtiger homme a femmes - seine kopenhagener Wohnung stand voller Bilder schoener Frauen. Er selbst sah -b is auf die letzten Jahre, wo er fast greisenhaft zusammenfiel - wundervoll aus: ganz gepflegt und ruhig und fast schön. Er hatte etwas Zärtliches in seinen Augen und gehörte zu den Männern, die jede Frau, die sie haben wollten, auch bekamen. Er war Direktor eines grossen daenischen Buchverlages. Peter Panter 

Contents

The Early Years of the New Century Johannes V Jensen
1
Until oo
46
From the Reformation to the Baroque
71
Literature in Latin and Danish
85
Absolute Monarchy and the Sciences ioo
100
Mitchell
121
The Rise of Belles Lettres 138
138
Rediscovering the Indigenous Past 152
152
From Psychological Drama to Political Manifestation Rossel 351
351
Critical Realism Ingwersen 66
366
The Inclination toward Fantasy Ingwersen Karen Blixen
383
Years of Material Social and Cultural Transition A429
429
Modernism and New Realism A444
444
Politicization and Social Experimentation 511
511
PostmodernismAnd So What? I536
536
The Beginnings 549
549

From Romanticism to Realism
167
National Romanticism 186
186
Poetic Realism or The Biedermeier Idyll 199
199
The Breakdown of the Biedermeier Culture 217
217
Psychology and Reality 249
249
The Women of the Modern Breakthrough 274
274
The Rural Rebellion 311
311
Chaos and Disillusionment Rossel lzz
333
Into the Modern Age 570
570
Danish and Faroese Women Writers
587
Realism with a Difference 59
600
Biedermeier and National Romanticism 614
614
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628
The Contributors 657
657
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Sven H. Rossel, the general editor of A History of Scandinavian Literatures, is a professor of comparative and Scandinavian literature at the University of Washington. Among his other works are Johannes V. Jensen (1984) and The Diaries of Hans Christian Andersen (coeditor, with Patricia Conroy, 1990).

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