Structures of Subjugation in Dutch Literature

Judit Gera

Germanic Literatures 12

Legenda

19 December 2016  •  208pp

ISBN: 978-1-910887-23-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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This book examines both classic and less-known works of Dutch literature from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. Its starting-point is that both authors and readers are born into a network of ideologies. But how do these ideologies work, and how do they serve to legitimize various forms of subjugation? Judit Gera surveys literary representations of the Dutch colonial experience and of women's lives in male-dominated societies, showing how colonial and gender-based forms of subjugation are interrelated and often intersect.

Judit Gera is Professor of Dutch Literature at the Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary.

Reviews:

  • ‘This informative, insightful, confident, and provocative account of Dutch literature, which focuses on the complex ways in which it embodies and embeds subjugation, deserves to be read by any scholar of European literature interested in an intersectional approach to reading literature. To those teaching and studying Dutch literature, Structures of Subjugation in Dutch Literature provides a worthwhile and lively addition to the literary histories available in English.’ — Jane Fenoulhet, Modern Language Review 113.3, July 2018, 675-77 (full text online)
  • ‘Above all, Gera’s analyses are impressive examples of the development and use of new reading strategies. Her analyses gave me a sense of liberation. The fact that messages can be so hidden in the language of social and literary reality gives an explanation of the persistence of the established order in gender and race-biased inequalities. With a growing awareness of our literary heritage, a critical attitude towards ingrained ideas and their wording becomes possible. We enter a new era.’ — Den Haag Agnes Sneller, Dutch Crossing Online, 2018 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
Structures of Subjugation in Dutch Literature: Structures of Subjugation in Dutch Literature
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Table of Contents
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Preface
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List of Illustrations
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Introduction
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Chapter 1 the Colonial Subject As Subjugator: A Post-Colonial Reading of Bontekoe’s Journaal
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Chapter 2 the Parvenu As Subjugator: Colonial Connotations of the Short Novel De Familie Kegge By Nicolaas Beets
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Chapter 3 Speaking and Silence of the ‘Other’: Parallels of Colonial and Female Subjugation in Multatuli’s Novel Max Havelaar
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101-120
Chapter 4 A Novel of Hybridity: Louis Couperus’s De Stille Kracht
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121-148
Chapter 5 Victory of the ‘Other’ Over Colonial Power: Madelon Székely-Lulofs, Tjoet Nja Din
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149-160
Chapter 6 the Subjugation of Female Subjectivity: A Feminist Reading of Karel Van De Woestijne’s ‘De Zwijnen Van Kirkè’
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161-188
Chapter 7 Beatrijs and Her Younger Sisters: Narrative Structures in Fictions of Female Development
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189-195
Bibliography
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196-202
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Gera, Judit, Structures of Subjugation in Dutch Literature, Germanic Literatures, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 Judit Gera, Structures of Subjugation in Dutch Literature, Germanic Literatures, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Gera, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Gera, Judit. 2016. Structures of Subjugation in Dutch Literature, Germanic Literatures, 12 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Gera 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Gera 2016: 21.

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