Spektrum

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Spektrum was a modernist magazine published in 1931-1933 in Stockholm, discussing new, radical ideas in modernist literature, philosophy, social policy, art, music, architecture and psychoanalysis. A driving force behind its foundation, that had been discussed among young left-wing intellectuals since 1929, was Josef Riwkin, who, together with his family, had immigrated to Sweden from Russia in 1916. The other editors of the first number of the magazine that came out in the autumn of 1931 were the poet and novelist Karin Boye and the critic Erik Mesterton. Later editors included Gunnar Ekelöf, Sven Markelius, Pehr Henrik Törngren and Viola Wahlstedt. The magazine introduced T. S. Eliot (1932) and the Surrealists to Swedish readers.

The publishing house Spektrum operated from 1932-1935.

Selected issues[edit]

Spektrum 2:1 (January 1932).
Spektrum 2:2 (1932).
Spektrum 2:3 (1932).

Editors and contributors[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Claes-Göran Holmberg, Upprorets tradition. Den unglitterära tidskriften i Sverige, Stockholm: Symposion, 1987, 307 pp. (Swedish) [1]
  • Johan Svedjedal, Spektrum 1931–1935: Den svenska drömmen: Tidskrift och förlag i 1930-talets kultur, Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand, 2011, 480 pp. (Swedish) Review, Review, Review, [2], [3].
  • Anders Bergström, "Treasures from the Archive: Spektrum", in KTHA #2, eds. Johan Andersson, et al., Stockholm: KTH Arkitekturskolan, 2011, pp 22-25. [4]
  • Mats Jansson, "Crossing Borders: Modernism in Sweden and the Swedish-Speaking Part of Finland: Thalia (1909-13); Ny konst (1915); flamman (1917-21); Ultra (1922); Quosego (1928-9); kontakt (1931); Spektrum (1931-3); and Karavan (1934-5)", in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Vol. 3 (Europe, 1880-1940), New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp 666-690. [5]

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Avant-garde and modernist magazines

Poesia (1905-09, 1920), Der Sturm (1910-32), Blast (1914-15), The Egoist (1914-19), The Little Review (1914-29), 291 (1915-16), MA (1916-25), De Stijl (1917-20, 1921-32), Dada (1917-21), Noi (1917-25), 391 (1917-24), Zenit (1921-26), Broom (1921-24), Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet (1922), Die Form (1922, 1925-35), Contimporanul (1922-32), Secession (1922-24), Klaxon (1922-23), Merz (1923-32), LEF (1923-25), G (1923-26), Irradiador (1923), Sovremennaya architektura (1926-30), Novyi LEF (1927-29), ReD (1927-31), Close Up (1927-33), transition (1927-38).