A Literary History of the Low Countries

A Literary History of the Low Countries

Edited by Theo Hermans

Personal eBook

Camden House



An authoritative volume that is the first literary history of the Netherlands and Flanders in English since the 1970s
What was the written culture behind visual artists like Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Rubens? What made the historical novel in nineteenth-century Flanders so different from its counterpart in Holland? What was the literary impact of the huge colonial empires run by the Netherlands and Belgium? What role did Latin, French, and Frisian play in the literary culture of the Low Countries through the ages? Why is experimental writing so prevalent in modern Dutch literature? What has made Cees Nooteboom an internationally acclaimed author? And how does Flemish relate to Dutch anyway? This first literary history of the Netherlands and Flanders in English since the 1970s answers these and many other questions. Written by a team of Dutch and Flemish subject specialists, it offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of the literature of the Dutch-speaking area from the medieval period up to the present day. While it focuses on literature written in Dutch, it also assesses the significance of writings in French, Latin, and Frisian.

Contributors: Ton Anbeek, Willem van den Berg, Jaap Goedegebuure, E. K. Grootes, Anne Marie Musschoot, Frits van Oostrom, Herman Pleij, M. A. Schenkeveld-van der Dussen, Marleen de Vries.

Theo Hermans is Professor of Dutch and Comparative Literature at University College London.


113 black and white, 7 line illustrations
740 pages
9x6 in
Hardback, 9781571132932, September 2009
Personal eBook, 9781571138507, September 2009
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT004130, HIS010000
Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter   Pin it   Share by Email

Related Titles

Table of Contents

The Middle Ages until circa 1400
The Late Middle Ages and the Age of Rhetoricians, 1400-1560
The Dutch Revolt and the Golden Age, 1560-1700
Literature of the Enlightenment, 1700-1800
The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1880
Renewal and Reaction, 1880-1940
The Postwar Period, 1940-
List of English Translations of Literary Works


This is a feast for the comparatist. . . . It is not an exaggeration to say that a reading of these 700 pages is an adventure in liberal arts education in the profoundest sense. CHOICE

This new history of Dutch literature in English is a book for a global reading public.... (It is) particularly important that more attention has been paid to Flemish literature. The editors, authors, and translators have rendered a great service to Dutch literature with this book. INTERNATIONALE NEERLANDISTIEK

(An) ambitious undertaking . . . a landmark . . . . MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW