Heretica was a conservative cultural and literary magazine published in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 1948 to 1953.[1]

CategoriesLiterary and cultural magazine
Year founded1948
Final issue1953
Based inCopenhagen

History and profileEdit

Heretica was established in 1948.[2] One of the founders was Thorkild Bjørnvig.[3] It was largely inspired by the British periodical The Criterion by T. S. Eliot.[2] The magazine adopted an anti-ideological humanism approach.[4] The magazine ended publication in 1953[2] and was succeeded by another magazine, Vindrosen.[5]

Contributors and contentEdit

Heretica was produced by the poets who looked for new reality challenging the conventional ideas of Christianity, humanism and communism.[5] The magazine also covered the poems and writings of promising authors.[4] The contributors of the magazine were called the Heretica School members, who had conservative existentialist views.[1] They included Jørgen Gustava Brandt, Benny Andersen, Per Højholt,[2] Paul la Cour and Erik Knudsen.[4]

The magazine was edited by the following Danish writers and poets: Thorkild Bjørnvig (volumes 1-2),[6] Martin A. Hansen and Ole Wivel (volumes 3-4), and Frank Jæger and Tage Skou-Hansen (volumes 5-6).[5]


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  2. ^ a b c d Klaus P. Mortensen; May Schack, eds. (2008). "Heretica 1948-1953". Den Store Danske Encyclopædi (in Danish). Vol. 4. Dansk Litteraturs Historie (1920-1960). Gyldendal.
  3. ^ "American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Competition for 2015 Opens". The Danish Pioneer. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Sven Hakon Rossel, ed. (1992). A History of Danish Literature. Lincoln, NE; London: University of Nebraska Press. p. 425. ISBN 0-8032-3886-X.
  5. ^ a b c Robert Singerman (2003). "Creating the optimum bibliography: From reference chaining to bibliographic control". In David William Foster; James Raymond Kelly (eds.). Bibliography in Literature, Folklore, Language, and Linguistics: Essays on the Status of the Field. Jefferson, NC; London: McFarland. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-7864-1447-5.
  6. ^ P. M. Mitchell (August 1962). "Contemporary Danish Criticism: Media, Methods and Men". Scandinavian Studies. 34 (3): 164. JSTOR 40916395.