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Icons of Danish Modernity: Georg Brandes and Asta Nielsen (New Directions in Scandinavian Studies; Modern Language Init)

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Julie Allen utilizes the lives and friendship of the Danish literary critic George Brandes (1842-1927) and the silent film star Asta Nielsen (1881-1972) to explore questions of culture and national identity in early twentieth-century Denmark. Danish culture and politics were influenced in this period by the country's deeply ambivalent relationship with Germany. Brandes and Nielsen, both of whom lived and worked in Germany for significant periods of time, were seen as dangerously cosmopolitan by the Danish public, even while they served as international cultural ambassadors for the very society that rejected them during their lifetimes. Allen argues that they were the prototypical representatives of a socially liberal and culturally modern "Danishness" (Danskhed) that Denmark itself only gradually (and later) grew into.

This lively study brings its central characters to life while offering an original, thought provoking analysis of the origins and permutations of Danish modernism and Danish national identity--issues that continue to be significant in today's multi-ethnic Denmark. Icons of Danish Modernity is a book about the uneasy waves that arise when celebrities take on national symbolism, and the beginnings of this formula in the early twentieth century.

Julie K. Allen is associate professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

"Allen weaves a compelling cultural analysis about national identity and its mores. The juxtaposition of the works of Georg Brandes and Asta Nielsen is highly original and Allen's contribution offers a much-needed introduction to an English reading audience of these important cultural figures." -Karin Sanders, University of California, Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295992204
Author:
Allen, Julie K.
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Subject:
Scandinavia
Subject:
Scandinavian Studies
Subject:
Cinema Studies
Subject:
Literary Studies
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
World History-Scandinavia
Copyright:
Series:
New Directions in Scandinavian Studies; Modern Language Initiative
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Scandinavia
Humanities » Literary Criticism » Literary and Cultural Studies

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