Vindrosen (Danish: Compass Card) was a Danish modernist cultural and literary magazine existed between 1954 and 1974. It was one of the Danish publications which improved the cultural journalism in the country.[1]

CategoriesLiterary and cultural magazine
Year founded1954
Final issue1974
Based inCopenhagen

History and profileEdit

Vindrosen was established in 1954[1][2] as a successor to another cultural magazine Heretica.[3][4] The magazine was published by the leading Danish company Gyldendal in Copenhagen.[5]

The focus of Vindrosen was on literary work.[2] During the 1950s the magazine was under the influence of the writers contributed to Heretica.[3] However, later it abandoned their views[6] and cold war approach.[3] Instead, Vindrosen began to focus on the third world countries.[3] In addition, it became one of the supporters of modernism and radicalism in the 1960s and 1970s in Denmark.[2] In the 1960s it also featured criticisms of literature and society.[6] The magazine closely collaborated with the newspaper Information on these issues.[6] Around the 1968 student protests the magazine functioned as a platform for the young leftist intellectuals.[7]

In the 1950s Peter P. Rohde was the editor of the magazine.[8] Then Klaus Rifbjerg[9] and Villy Sorensen co-edited the magazine.[10] The former served in the post between 1959 and 1963.[11] In the rest of the 1960s Jess Ørnsbo served in the post.[12] Niels Barfoed was also among the editors of Vindrosen.[13]

In 1974 Vindrosen ceased publication.[2][3]


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  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Thomas Hvid Kromann (2016). "In the service of the revolution- The little magazine MAK (1969–1970)". In Tania Ørum; Jesper Olsson (eds.). A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1950-1975. Leiden; Boston, MA: BRILL Rodopi. p. 212. ISBN 978-90-04-31050-6.
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  7. ^ Lars Lönnroth (Winter 1981). "New Critics of 1968:Political Persuasion and Literary Scholarship in Scandinavia after the Student Revolution". Scandinavian Studies. 53 (1). JSTOR 40918074.
  8. ^ Ingeborg Philipsen (2003). "Out of tune: The Congress for Cultural Freedom in Denmark, 1953–1960". In Hans Krabbendam; Giles Scott-Smith (eds.). The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe, 1945-60. Abingdon; New York: Frank Cass Publishers. p. 253. ISBN 978-1-135-76344-2.
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  10. ^ "Villy Sorensen, 72; Danish Writer". Los Angeles Times. 20 December 2001. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Short biographies of Team Iceland and Team Copenhagen/Malmoe". Poetry with Blues. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Odin Teatret in Denmark" (PDF). Odin Teatret Archives. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Gratias Agit Award Laureates 2011" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Retrieved 25 December 2016.