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Authors:Laurens Ham: Utrecht University, Netherlands
Publication title:A ‘Farewell to Literature’ in 1860?: The Problem of Literariness in the Work of Multatuli (1820–1887)
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15–17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:062
Article No.:048
Abstract: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’ (Jérôme Meizoz) or ‘the double life of writers’ (Bernard Lahire) help to understand the logic of Multatuli’s ideas about fiction.
Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:7
Pages:467-473
ISBN:978-91-7519-993-1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/048/ecp11062048.pdf
Available:2011-11-22
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Laurens Ham (2011). A ‘Farewell to Literature’ in 1860?: The Problem of Literariness in the Work of Multatuli (1820–1887), Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15–17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=062;article=048 (accessed 11/26/2014)