ELTE Néderlandisztika Tanszék

Jaap Scholten(February – March)

Jaap Scholten (1963) gave six lectures at the Dutch Department of Eötvös University on contemporary Dutch literature and his own work.

1.The Netherlands and Hungary.  Dutch writers on Hungary and Central Europe. Ter Borgh’s Turkenoorlog, Den Doolard, Tommy Wieringa, Jan Cremers De Hunnen,  Jaap Scholten. The childrens' trains. The historical contacts between the two countries.

2.Myths and stories.  The richness of stories in Central Europe against the flat landscape of the Low Countries. Erzsébet Báthory versus Hansje Brinker. Travel stories & Pilgrimages of Jaap Scholten.

3.Town en countryside. The difference between the literature of the big city and that of the countryside. (W.F. Hermans: `All great literature is provincial literature’). The role of the town and that of the countryside in Dutch literature. Tachtig, Nescio, Hermans.

4.The solid basis of Dutch welfare: the VOC, the forefathers of industry and the commercial spirit. Heren van de thee by Hella Haase, Tachtig  by Jaap Scholten, Aartsvaders by Wim Wennekes, Lijmen by Elsschot.

5.Coffee shops en the multicultural society. The  Dutch tolerance policy and the problems of the multicultural society. How does Western Europe try to stimulate a multicultural society in Eastern Europe where Western Europe does not believe in anymore? Theo van Gogh. Etc.

6.The hidden class society. Tachtig, Morgenster;  the dialect of the nobility of Agnies Pauw van Wieldrecht. Thomas Rap and Van Lennep. The ruthless social structure of the Netherlands. The use of language in order to define the social group. The influence of this in literature.

Jaap Scholten's published work: Bavianehaar & Chipolatapudding (short stories 1990), Tachtig (novel 1995), Morgenster (novel 2000), Reisverhalen & Bedevaartstochten (travel stories 2002). Filmscripts (Beauville, Wodan!, Mercedes), stories and articles in different journals and columnist in NRC Handelsblad since three years. Sweetheart (roman 2007).


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