The Postcolonial Low Countries: Literature, Colonialism, and Multiculturalism

The Postcolonial Low Countries: Literature, Colonialism, and Multiculturalism

by Elleke Boehmer, Sarah De Mul, Frances Gouda, Theo D'haen
     
 

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The Postcolonial Low Countries is the first book to bring together critical and comparative approaches to the emergent field of neerlandophone postcolonial studies. Each one of the contributions puts under pressure the definitive concepts of postcolonial studies in its more conventional anglophone or francophone formation, as well as perceptions of the Low Countries,… See more details below

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The Postcolonial Low Countries is the first book to bring together critical and comparative approaches to the emergent field of neerlandophone postcolonial studies. Each one of the contributions puts under pressure the definitive concepts of postcolonial studies in its more conventional anglophone or francophone formation, as well as perceptions of the Low Countries, Belgium and the Netherlands, as lying outside or to the side of the postcolonial domain.

Editorial Reviews

Mieke Bal
In an era when many in the Netherlands and Belgium, in spite of their fiercely colonialist past, consider postcolonial thought 'outdated'—another word for the sigh of relief at escaping the need to engage an object of resistance—this book couldn’t be more timely. ‘Postcolonizing’ the Low Countries is more necessary than ever. Smart, witty, and brave, the essays, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, offer an incisive critique of the reiteration of colonial clichés, the refusal to rethink the remnants of injustice, and the attempts to justify neonationalism.
Ernst van Alphen
Finally, a postcolonial turn in Dutch literary criticism has taken place. The Postcolonial Low Countries is the first book to theorize and bring together approaches that can be called neerlandophone postcolonial studies. The need for such a perspective has been enormous, not only because of the colonial legacies of the Netherlands and Belgium but also because of the transnational formations through which the study of literatures in Dutch is currently being challenged. From now on, Dutch and Belgian literature can no longer be read the same.
Philomena Essed
The Postcolonial Low Countries holds sparkling examples of boundary-pushing work. Intersecting postcolonial studies and multicultural critique this timely intervention is likely to unsettle neerlandophone literary establishments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739164303
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
266
File size:
1 MB

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Philomena Essed
The Postcolonial Low Countries holds sparkling examples of boundary-pushing work. Intersecting postcolonial studies and multicultural critique this timely intervention is likely to unsettle neerlandophone literary establishments.
Mieke Bal
In an era when many in the Netherlands and Belgium, in spite of their fiercely colonialist past, consider postcolonial thought 'outdated'—another word for the sigh of relief at escaping the need to engage an object of resistance—this book couldn’t be more timely. ‘Postcolonizing’ the Low Countries is more necessary than ever. Smart, witty, and brave, the essays, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, offer an incisive critique of the reiteration of colonial clichés, the refusal to rethink the remnants of injustice, and the attempts to justify neonationalism.
Ernst van Alphen
Finally, a postcolonial turn in Dutch literary criticism has taken place. The Postcolonial Low Countries is the first book to theorize and bring together approaches that can be called neerlandophone postcolonial studies. The need for such a perspective has been enormous, not only because of the colonial legacies of the Netherlands and Belgium but also because of the transnational formations through which the study of literatures in Dutch is currently being challenged. From now on, Dutch and Belgian literature can no longer be read the same.

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