Women's Writing from the Low Countries 1880-2010

An Anthology

Edited by Jacqueline Bel and Thomas Vaessens

Edited by Jacqueline Bel and Thomas Vaessens

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

263 pages | 50 halftones | 6 3/4 x 8 3/5 | © 2010
Paper $43.50 ISBN: 9789089641939 Published July 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This unique anthology offers English-speaking readers a chance to become acquainted with the leading Dutch and Flemish women writers since the 1880s. Covering a representative range of public and private genres, from poetry, critical essays, travel literature, and political commentary to diaries and journals, the fifty-six texts featured are arranged chronologically and accompanied by brief introductions, chronologies, and guides to the authors and their work. The wealth of information collected in this volume will heighten readers’ understanding of both the modern European literary canon and the long march of feminist history and literature.   


Introduction: Women Writers in Dutch
      Jacqueline Bel and Thomas Vaessens

The Struggle for Life: Virginie Loveling (1836–1923)
       Liselotte Vandenbussche
A Woman Warrior: Mina Kruseman (1839–1922)
       Olf Praamstra
The Singing, Burning and Bleeding Heart: Hélène Swarth (1859–1941)
       Erica van Boven
‘The Dutch Uncle Tom’s Cabin’: Cécile Goekoop-de Jong van Beek en Donk (1866–1944)
       Jacqueline Bel
Writer, Journalist, Critic: Anna de Savornin Lohman (1868–1930)
       Ernestine van der Wall
Symbolism and Visual Art: Henriette Rosland Holst (1869–1952)
      Jacqueline Bel
Existential Loneliness: Ina Boudier-Bakker (1875–1966)
       Gé Vaartjes
Lack of Fulfilment and Irony: Top Naeff (1878–1953)
       Gé Vaartjes
Modernist Philosopher and Questing Opponent of Dogmatism: Carry van Bruggen (1881–1932)
       Jacqueline Bel
‘Here, There and Everywhere’: Maria Dermoût (1888–1962)
       Pamela Pattynama
‘I Have Loved Love’: Alice Nahon (1896–1933)
       Manu van der Aa
Success and Scandals: Madelon Székely-Lulofs (1899–1958)
       Erica van Boven
A Limited but Distinctive Literary Voice: Jacoba van Velde (1903–1985)
       Aagje Swinnen
Love on the Dissecting Table: Anna Blaman (1905–1960)
       Aad Meinderts
The House Preserved: Ida Gerhardt (1905–1997)
       Mieke Koenen
‘An Order with Room for Chaos’: M. Vasalis (1909–1998)
       Maaike Meijer
War, Eroticism and Asceticism: Etty Hillesum (1914–1943)
       Jacqueline Bel
Huge, Indomitable: Elisabeth Eybers (1915–2007)
       Ena Jansen
Writing between Faith and Doubt: Maria Rosseels (1916–2005)
       Aagje Swinnen
The Marginal Figure as Hero: Hella S. Haasse (1918)
       Jaap Goedegebuure
The Persecution of the Jews as an Incredible Story: Marga Minco (1920)
       Annie van der Oever and Ernst Bruinsma
Crushed by a Malevolent God: Hanny Michaelis (1922–2007)
       Maaike Meijer
Reading and Living: Christine D’haen (1923–009)
       Dietlinde Willockx
A ‘Poet’s Poet’: F. (ten) Harmsen van (der) Beek (1927–2009)
       Annie van der Oever
War and Literature: Anne Frank (1929–2945)
       Jacqueline Bel
From Man to Woman: Dirkje Kuik (1929–2008)
       Elsbeth Etty
The Queen of the Column: Renate Rubinstein (1929–1990)
       Jaap Goedegebuure
Uncompromising History: Frida Vogels (1930)
       Jaap Goedegebuure
Crusade against the Facile: Andreas Burnier (1931–2002)
       Jaap Goedegebuure
Disruptions of the Everyday: Judith Herzberg (1934)
       Maaike Meijer
Confronting One’s Own History: Helga Ruebsamen (1934)
       Elsbeth Etty
Composer of a Dangerous Marriage: Margriet de Moor (1941)
       Fleur Speet
Double Talent in Reverse: Charlotte Mutsaers (1942)
       Bart Vervaeck
Obscure, Tortured Poetry: Neeltje Maria Min (1944)
       Maaike Meijer
A Political Life Story: Anja Meulenbelt (1945)
       Maaike Meijer
Responsible Writing: Nelleke Noordervliet (1945)
       Odile Heynders
‘Woman-Friendly’ Writing With a Sharp Pen: Monika van Paemel (1945)
       Aagje Swinnen
Everyday Horror: Mensje van Keulen (1946)
       Jaap Goedegebuure
Death, Loss, Betrayal: Doeschka Meijsing (1947)
       Jaap Goedegebuure
All that Makes Us Happy and Unhappy: Astrid Roemer (1947)
       Michiel van Kempen
The Vulnerability of Beauty: Anneke Brassinga (1948)
       Odile Heynders
Ironic, but not Frivolous: Marja Vrouwers (1948)
       Saskia Pieterse
The Writer as Fictional Figure: Carl Friedman (1952)
       Elsbeth Etty
Travelling in Order to Write: Lieve Joris (1953)
       Odile Heynders
Stories are Hammer Blows: Renate Dorrestein (1954)
       Agnes Andeweg
Commitment with No Illusions: Kristien Hemmerechts (1955)
       Jaap Goedegebuure
Philosopher and Novelist: Connie Palmen (1955)
       Saskia Pieterse
‘Rather Responsible than an Outlaw’: M. Februari (1963)
       Yra van Dijk
The Novelist as Public Intellectual: Désanne van Brederode (1970)
       Odile Heynders
‘I’m Good at Stories’: Naima El Bezaz (1974)
       Henriette Louwerse

Illustration Acknowledgements
Concise List of Works Quoted
Secondary Bibliography
Index of Authors

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