Models in Dutch Literature: 1900-1920. An Introduction

Gillis Dorleijn, Pieter Verstraeten, Dirk de Geest

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    In Dutch literary history, the timespan between 1900 and 1920 has often been
    conceived of as a period of relative calm and stability in contrast to the
    preceding fin-de-siècle years and the years following World War I. Recent
    publications, however, broadening their scope from the canonical literary
    texts and the major authors to a more comprehensive view on literary culture,
    have revealed that the first decades of the 20th century saw important
    changes in the structure of the literary field, alongside (and in close connection
    to) the emergence of new cultural practices. This special issue of
    Nederlandse Letterkunde wants to chart some of these changes, ranging from
    the rise of new genres and new ideas about literature and authorship, to a
    reorganization of the institutional infrastructure of literature. In the introduction
    we argue that, to analyze such phenomena, it is fruitful to focus on the
    development, reinterpretation and circulation of literary and cultural models,
    since all cultural behavior is model-based, as are cultural artifacts, which might
    in turn function as models themselves for new practices or products. To
    illustrate the possibilities of the concept ‘model’ we present a brief case study
    on the literary interview, a media genre emerging internationally at that time,
    followed by some general reflections on the ‘model’ approach in literary and
    cultural studies.
    Translated title of the contributionModels in Dutch Literature: 1900-1920. An Introduction
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)185-204
    Number of pages20
    JournalNederlandse Letterkunde
    Issue number3
    Early online date10-Dec-2014
    Publication statusPublished - 21-Dec-2014


    • early 20th-centrury Dutch literaure, literary and cultural models, literary interview

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