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Language, Literature and the Construction of a Dutch National Identity (1780-1830)

Rick Honings Ton van Kalmthout Gijsbert Rutten Francien Petiet Marijke Wal Wim Vandenbussche Jan Noordegraaf Ellen Krol Janneke Weijermars Lo Driel

9789089648273
304 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Overview
In exploring the birth of a Dutch identity between 1780 and 1830, this book integrates nationalism studies with literary and linguistic history by highlighting scholarly study of the Dutch language as a factor in the creation of the national identity. These early scholars promoted the Dutch language during a time of political upheaval, when citizens needed something to feel proud of. This book examines the impact individual agents had on a crucial stage in the Dutch nation-building process.
Author Bio
Rick Honings is Scaliger Professor at Leiden University and a specialist in 19th-century Dutch and Dutch Indies literature.Gijsbert Rutten is a senior researcher in historical sociolinguistics at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.