Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | A ‘Farewell to Literature’ in 1860?: The Problem of Literariness in the Work of Multatuli (1820-1887)

Title:
A ‘Farewell to Literature’ in 1860?: The Problem of Literariness in the Work of Multatuli (1820-1887)
Author:
Laurens Ham: Utrecht University, Netherlands
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2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
048
Pages:
467-473
No. of pages:
7
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Today; Multatuli (1820-1887) is considered as one of the most important Dutch writers. His stance towards literature; however; was highly ambivalent. At the one hand; he realised that writing fiction was the best way to gain personal and political attention. At the same time; he highly mistrusted the instrument of (sentimental) fiction to engage readers. The same ambivalence dominates his presentation as a writer: Multatuli mythologized himself; but he also argued for a sincere; ‘authentic’ writership. In my presentation; I want to analyze these seemly contradictory ideas about fictionalizing the world and the self. Some concepts in literary sociology; such as ‘posture’ (JĂ©rĂŽme Meizoz) or ‘the double life of writers’ (Bernard Lahire) help to understand the logic of Multatuli’s ideas about fiction.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Laurens Ham
Title:
A ‘Farewell to Literature’ in 1860?: The Problem of Literariness in the Work of Multatuli (1820-1887)
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Laurens Ham
Title:
A ‘Farewell to Literature’ in 1860?: The Problem of Literariness in the Work of Multatuli (1820-1887)
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