Identity and literary history Reflections on some Danish Examples and Experiences. Anne-Marie Mai
Identity and literary history Reflections on some Danish Examples and Experiences Anne-Marie Mai It has seemed difficult for Danish literary historians to meet the challenges of poststructuralist criticism, since the chronological and national approaches to literary history are often maintained in both study programmes and literary research. The History of Nordic Women’s Literature, vol. I-V, published 1993-1998 (ed. Elisabeth Møller Jensen) represented, however, a major effort to renew the genre, exerting a great influence on subsequent literary research and study programmes. It is no longer possible to leave out women authors like Norwegian/Danish Amalie Skram or the Swedish Victoria Benedictsson from the curriculum of Nordic literary history. This change is due not least to The History of Nordic Women’s Literature, but the release was an isolated phenomenon and, in the early 21st century, several fairly traditional Danish literary histories were published, such as Dansk litteraturhistorie, Vols. I-V (History of Danish Literature, ed. Klaus P. Mortensen and May Schack). Gradually, however, the international discussions on literary history have reached Denmark, and several Danish researchers will contribute to the four-volume Nordic Literary History, sponsored by the Association of Comparative Literature and inspired by Linda Hutcheon and Mario Valdés’ discussion of literary history in the anthology, Rethinking Literary History, 2002. As a signal of the change to the concept of Danish literary history, The History of Nordic Women’s Literature has been published in a digital edition in 2012 and has already proved highly successful, with thousands of log-ins (http://nordicwomensliterature.net/). The...
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