Janus at the Millennium: Perspectives on Time in the Culture of the Low Countries

Janus at the Millennium: Perspectives on Time in the Culture of the Low Countries

By: Thomas F. Shannon (editor), Johan P. Snapper (editor)Paperback

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This volume contains a selection of articles originally presented at the Tenth Interdisciplinary Conference on Netherlandic Studies held at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. These revised contributions, relating to the common theme of Janus and the perspective of time, are by experts on Dutch language and culture from the U.S., Belgium, and the Netherlands. The studies deal with a variety of topics ranging from language and literature to history and art history. Literary studies deal with modern poetry and the novel from a number of different viewpoints_postmodernism, colonialism, and queer theory_while historical pieces treat diverse areas such as World War II, Dutch-Jewish relations, the Dutch East Indies, and the concepts of time, clemency, and causality in Dutch history. Moreover, several studies treat various aspects of the Dutch language, examining language in prose and poetry, word order in comparison with English, the philosophy of language, and language planning for the 21st century. In all, these 27 articles offer an exciting palette of approaches to the question of time in Dutch and will therefore be of interest to scholars from these fields as well as non-specialists with an interest in the culture of the Low Countries.

About Author

Thomas F. Shannon is Professor of Germanic Linguistics & Dutch Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington. Johan P. Snapper is Queen Beatrix Professor Emeritus of Dutch Language, Literature, & Culture at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. Germanic Literatures and Folklore from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 J is for Janus, Y is for Yes: Young Dutch Poetry- An Alphabet of Influences Chapter 5 Talkin' 'Bout Two Generations: The Concept of Generation in Literary Historiography Chapter 6 Heaven on Earth: Speculations on the Twentieth Century in fin-de-siecle Dutch Literature (1890-1910) Chapter 7 Tempus (non semper) Fugit: Concepts of Time in World War II Diary Fragments from the Netherlands Chapter 8 The Novel is an Onion: Contemporary Fiction in the Netherlands and Flanders Chapter 9 Poetry of Conscience: The Social Activism of the Flemish Fiftiers Chapter 10 Writing in and/or for the Here and Now: The Postmodern Implications of Context-Bound Poetry Chapter 11 The Use of Conventions from the Mystery Genre in Contemporary Dutch Fiction Chapter 12 Cross-cultural Time in Tone Brulin's People of the Void, an Operatic Adaptation of Wilson Harris' Jonestown Chapter 13 The Historical Pole of the Earth: Time in the Novels of Gerrit Krol Chapter 14 No Time for Poetry? "Leesbevordering" and the Postmodern Idea of Poetry in the Netherlands Chapter 15 Political Correctness at the Dawn of the Millennium: The Representation of the Native "Other" in Colonial Literature Chapter 16 Children of One Father: The Impact of the Second World War on Dutch-Jewish Relations in the Netherlands West Indies Chapter 17 Mati and Mangoes: Metaphors that Theorize Woman-Woman Desire in Joanna Werners' Amba: Vrouw van het Surinaamse erf Chapter 18 Novel, Nation, and Representations: Representing the Native in the Dutch east Indies Chapter 19 The Postponement of an Apotheosis: Sjahrir's Lengthy Exile Chapter 20 The Anglo-Boer War in Retrospect Chapter 21 Linguistic Phenomena in the Works of Marga Minco and Gerard Reve Chapter 22 Conjuring with Time Through the Tenses: Achterberg's Dream Fate Chapter 23 The Concept of Time in the Medieval World View Chapter 24 A Matter of Time: Dutch Philosophy of Language in the Eighteenth Century Chapter 25 Two Centuries of Struggle to Preserve Dutch Language and Culture in Brussels Chapter 26 Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Language Planning in the Dutch Language Territory Chapter 27 The Janus-Faced Order of Adverbials in Dutch and English Chapter 28 "Art Noir": A Sign of Turbulent Times? Investigating the Principle Causality in Late Sixteenth-Century Religious Art in Antwerp Chapter 29 The Other Face of Struggle Against Violence: Peace and Order by Clemency in the Netherlands, 1500-1650 Chapter 30 A Collision of Time and Space: The Belgian Railway and the Preservation of the Rural Past

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  • ISBN13: 9780761828327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780761828327
  • weight: 435
  • ISBN10: 076182832X

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