A Family Occupation

Children of the War and the Memory of World War II in Dutch Literature of the 1980s

Jolanda Vaderwal Taylor

A Family Occupation
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Jolanda Vaderwal Taylor

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

208 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 | © 1997
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9789053562369 Published June 1997 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Many of today's Dutch writers were children during World War II. Even today, the traumatic childhood experience of enemy occupation is still central to the work of many of them. This interest cuts across the traditional boundaries between fiction, autobiography and the literature of trauma and recovery. A Family Occupation is the first English-language introduction to Dutch-language texts written by and about the 'Children of the War' and their cultural context. Their themes and literary conventions throw an interesting light on the Dutch approach to issues such as guilt and innocence, memory and narrative, national identity, child abuse and victimhood.
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Anton’s Story
Chapter 3 – Innocent Children
Chapter 4 – Language is the Landscape of History: Armando and the History of Enmity
Chapter 5 – Judgment, Justice and other Collaborations
Chapter 6 – Distant Cousins
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