The Postcolonial Low Countries: Literature, Colonialism, and Multiculturalism by Elleke BoehmerThe Postcolonial Low Countries: Literature, Colonialism, and Multiculturalism by Elleke Boehmer

The Postcolonial Low Countries: Literature, Colonialism, and Multiculturalism

EditorElleke Boehmer, Sarah de MulContribution byFrances Gouda

Hardcover | May 31, 2012

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The Postcolonial Low Countries is the first book to bring together critical and comparative approaches to the emergent field of neerlandophone postcolonial studies. The collection of essays ranges across the cultures and literatures of the Netherlands and Belgium and establishes an encounter between postcolonial theoretical discourses from both within and without the region. Each one of the contributions puts under pressure the definitive concepts of postcolonial studies in its more conventional anglophone or francophone formation, as well as perceptions of the Low Countries, Belgium and the Netherlands, as lying outside or to the side of the postcolonial domain. In the Low Countries, local and regional issues concerning multiculturalism and colonial belatedness have raised important questions about the possible grounds on which postcolonial critical concepts might be not only translated but also generated afresh, to suit these paradoxically new contexts. As The Postcolonial Low Countries incisively demonstrates, the Low Countries demand a careful rearticulation of such postcolonial 'readymades' as hybridity, accommodation and creolization. Gathering together contributions from both internationally renowned scholars and newly established researchers in the field, The Postcolonial Low Countries maps previously underexplored national and transnational literary critical trajectories. The book challenges in boundary shifting ways current readings of the so-described multicultural and postcolonial Netherlands and Belgium.
Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, bilingual in Dutch and English, Elleke Boehmer is interested in the postcolonial debates that draw together Britain and the Netherlands. She is the author of four acclaimed novels, Screens again the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), An Immaculate Figure (19...
Title:The Postcolonial Low Countries: Literature, Colonialism, and MulticulturalismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 9.27 × 6.32 × 0.89 inPublished:May 31, 2012Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739164287

ISBN - 13:9780739164280


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Postcolonialism and the Low Countries, Elleke Boehmer and Sarah De Mul Part 1: Towards a Neerlandophone Postcolonial StudiesChapter 2. Postcolonial Studies in the context of the 'diasporic' Netherlands, Elleke Boehmer and Frances GoudaChapter 3. Polderpoko: why it cannot exist, Isabel HovingChapter 4. The "Ends" of Postcolonialism, Theo D'haen Chapter 5. "Is the headscarf oppressive or emancipatory?" Field notes on the gendrification of the 'multicultural debate', Sarah Bracke and Nadia FadilPart 2: Postcolonial MemoryChapter 6. (Un)happy Endings: Nostalgia in post-imperial and postmemory Dutch films, Pamela PattynamaChapter 7. Transnational Contact-Narratives: Dutch Post-Coloniality from a Turkish-German Viewpoint, Liesbeth MinnaardChapter 8. Representing post-apartheid South Africa: mothers, motherlands and mother tongues in the work of selected Afrikaans women writers, Louise ViljoenChapter 9. The Holocaust as a Paradigm for the Congo Atrocities: Adam Hochschild's King Leopold's Ghost, Sarah De Mul Part 3: Literature and MulticulturalismChapter 10. Dutch Homonationalism and Intersectionality, Murat AydemirChapter 11. Becoming UnDutch: "Wil je dat? Kun je dat?", Mireille RosselloChapter 12. Unlike(ly) Home(s). "Self-Orientalisation" and Irony in Moroccan Diasporic Literature, Ieme van der PoelChapter 13. 'Games of Deception' in Hafid Bouazza's Literary No Man's Land, Henriette Louwerse

Editorial Reviews

The Postcolonial Low Countries holds sparkling examples of boundary-pushing work. Intersecting postcolonial studies and multicultural critique this timely intervention is likely to unsettle neerlandophone literary establishments.