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Nordic Modernisms

Anker Gemzøe

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0048

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Nordic Modernisms

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This article examines the history of Nordic modernism. It suggests that the term modern became a keyword in the self-understanding of Nordic literature in the 1870s, after Danish critic Georg Brandes launched the Modern Breakthrough, a movement which would make Scandinavian literature interact more closely than ever and lead it to hitherto unknown international visibility. The article describes the works of Henrik Ibsen, Dan Jacobsen, and Knut Hamsun, which responded to ever-new dissonant signals from international modernism and the avant-garde.

Keywords: Nordic modernism; Nordic literature; Georg Bandes; Modern Breakthrough; Scandinavian literature; Henrik Ibsen; Dan Jacobsen; Knut Hamsun; avant-garde

Article.  9907 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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