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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 9/20/2014)