© 1978

Literature of the Low Countries

A Short History of Dutch Literature in the Netherlands and Belgium


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Reinder P. Meijer
    Pages 1-24
  3. Reinder P. Meijer
    Pages 25-46
  4. Reinder P. Meijer
    Pages 47-71
  5. Reinder P. Meijer
    Pages 72-103
  6. Reinder P. Meijer
    Pages 104-151
  7. Reinder P. Meijer
    Pages 152-192
  8. Reinder P. Meijer
    Pages 193-259
  9. Reinder P. Meijer
    Pages 260-375
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 376-402

About this book


In any definition of terms, Dutch literature must be taken to mean all literature written in Dutch, thus excluding literature in Frisian, even though Friesland is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the same way as literature in Welsh would be excluded from a history of English literature. Simi­ larly, literature in Afrikaans (South African Dutch) falls outside the scope of this book, as Afrikaans from the moment of its birth out of seventeenth-century Dutch grew up independently and must be regarded as a language in its own right. . Dutc:h literature, then, is the literature written in Dutch as spoken in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the so-called Flemish part of the Kingdom of Belgium, that is the area north of the linguistic frontier which runs east-west through Belgium passing slightly south of Brussels. For the modern period this definition is clear anough, but for former times it needs some explanation. What do we mean, for example, when we use the term 'Dutch' for the medieval period? In the Middle Ages there was no standard Dutch language, and when the term 'Dutch' is used in a medieval context it is a kind of collective word indicating a number of different but closely related Frankish dialects. The most important of those were the dialects of the duchies of Limburg and Brabant, and of the counties of Flanders and Holland.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Literature of the Low Countries
  • Book Subtitle A Short History of Dutch Literature in the Netherlands and Belgium
  • Authors Reinder Meijer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-247-2100-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9734-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 402
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Germanic Languages
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