Stedssans: place writing in Denmark

Denmark’s – and Danes’ – sense of place…writing (and writers) about place, walking and related på dansk. All a bit of a mixed bag, most noticeable for how conservative and highbrow Danish publishing is.

See also posts in the stedssans category, in particular Place writing in Denmark.

New finds:

Books, essays, lists:


Other places (unless otherwise stated, Udkantsdanmark):


  • in the spirit of Flâneuse let’s note that all those below are male, so a shoutout for Henriette Klejs Engelberg who has two nice pieces in Ark Review (Street haunting | Calvino’s 56th invisible city) and one on reading in Netudgaven
  • Adam Oehlenschläger (1779-1850) – inspired after a 16 hour walk in July 1802 to write Guldhornerne, a 1200 page epic; statue in Søndermarken at the entrance to Frederiksberg Slot
  • Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) – see HC Andersen and place
  • Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55): see Kierkegaard 2013: CPH and the walks
  • Ludvig Feilberg (1849 – 1912): see Denmark’s philosopher of walking
  • Herman Bang (1857-1912; letters) – for his journalism and Copenhagen set novels Stuk (1887;  portrays the Grunderzeit when CPH’s brokvarterer began to be built outside the old volde, a la Hausmann’s Paris, but made of stuk, ie without real substance; modern ambition spreads beyond the old city walls to still far horizons; links with HCA in outsiderness and restlessness) and Ludvigsbakke (1896), plus general flânerie; Punch made much fun of him as Hr. Manbang (RU sure); buried in Vestre Kirkegård
    • from Herhjemme ug Derude (1881): if the modern writer wants to understand his times he must “ud at færdes i Trængslen…denne Færdsel i Trænglsen lærer ham mange Ting”
    • for more about Det moderne gennembrud see Af et skrig fødes en sang, an article about writer Johannes Jørgensen and the founding of the journal Taarnet in 1893 in his flat on the corner of Kastanievej and HC Ørstedsvej
    • contemporary flaneurs: JP Jacobsen, Henrik Pontoppidan, Holger Drachmann, Peter Nansen and Gustav Esmann; 1890s: Johannes Jørgensen, Johannes V Jensen
      • Georg Brandes: editor of Politiken, at that time was housed on Østergade, leader of the Fremskridstoget and flaneur
    • Herman Bangs København (2007; Martin Zerlang) – places for flaneurie: gader and boulevarder rather than medieval stræder, eg Østergade (bottom of Strøget), where AM Hirschsprung opened a tobacco shop at nr 6 in 1841, Cafe a Porta, also Cafe Bernina on the corner of Vimmelskaftet and Badstruestræde, Søtorvet, on the edge of the brokvartere (from Flanøren som fremskridtsspejder, contribution by Martin Zerlang to Uden for murene, produced for Golden Days 2002)
    • om pengeneNervøsitetens tidsalder
    • features in Bent Haller’s Abelone på Bangsbo (2017), described by the Danish Literary Magazine as “Downton Abbey meets Danish modernists”, yikes
  • Tom Kristensen (1893 – 1974) – born in London;  for his Copenhagen set classic Hærværk (1937; trans: Havoc, 1968); met James Joyce; see
  • Dan Turèll (1946-93): see Last walk through Copenhagen (slumromantik?); also for Vangede billeder (1975)
  • Peter Olesen (1946- ; interview) – tireless author of countless popular books on Copenhagen’s cultural heritage, some translated
  • Martin Zerlang (1952- ) – prolific writer about the city and its writers; see People vs place in Copenhagen
  • Søren Ulrik Thomsen (1956- ) – poet and urban curmudgeon; see People vs place in Copenhagen
  • Thomas Boberg (1960- ) – travel writer and more; his latest, Via Francigena (256pp, DK 399,95: Politiken), is the efterskrift to Erik A Frandsen’s graphic account of their five week walk on the pilgrim’s way from Switzerland to Italy

Other Scandi walkers/writers:

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