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Worlding Dutch Literary Studies

Demeyer, Hans; (2022) Worlding Dutch Literary Studies. Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies pp. 1-15. 10.1080/03096564.2022.2144592. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Whenever we start worlding Dutch literary studies, we find ourselves in the compartment. Once we move beyond the metropolitan centre(s) of Dutch literature, we encounter the compartments of literatures from or related to Indonesia, the Antilles, South Africa, Suriname, Congo, immigration to the metropolitan centres. This essay discusses ‘worlding’ as a possible method that can undo the compartments while also tackling the racialized logic that underpin them. After a general description of ‘worlding’, the essay discusses three recent publications that deal with the colonial past of the Low Countries: De postkoloniale spiegel, De nieuwe koloniale leeslijst and Zwarte bladzijden. Whereas all include aspects that world the discipline, a distinction can be made between the first two projects that involve a recentring on the nation and leave the compartments intact and the third one that offers a more oppositional strategy of worlding that addresses the racial grammar that subtends the discipline of Dutch literary studies and that invites us to imaginative acts of worldmaking.

Type: Article
Title: Worlding Dutch Literary Studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03096564.2022.2144592
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03096564.2022.2144592
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Worlding; racialization; Dutch literary studies; (post) colonialism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10162812
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