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Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries, 1700-2000 (Global Dutch Series)

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Jane Fenoulhet, Gerdi Quist and Ulrich Tiedau | May 2016

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About the book

All countries, regions and institutions are ultimately built on a degree of consensus, on a collective commitment to a concept, belief or value system. This consensus is continuously rephrased and reinvented through a narrative of cohesion and challenged by expressions of discontent and discord. The history of the Low Countries is characterised by both a striving for consensus and eruptions of discord, both internally and from external challenges. This interdisciplinary volume explores consensus and discord in a Low Countries context along broad cultural, linguistic and historical lines. Disciplines represented include early-modern and contemporary history; art history; film; literature; and translation scholars from both the Low Countries and beyond. 

About the authors

Jane Fenoulhet is Professor of Dutch Studies at UCL. Her research interests include women’s writing, literary history and disciplinary history. 

Gerdi Quist is Lecturer in Dutch and Head of Department at UCL’s Department of Dutch. Her current research focuses on  language and culture teaching and learning which take cultural complexity and critical intercultural awareness as a starting point. 

Ulrich Tiedau is Senior Lecturer in Modern Low Countries History and Society at UCL. In addition, he serves as editor-in-chief of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies and review editor of Frontiers in Digital Humanities.

Table of contents

Consensus and Discord in the Low Countries | Consensus and Discord: Pre-modern Dutch Identity and the Peace Celebrations of 1748 |  Gnawing Worms and Rolling Thunder: The Instable Harmony of Dutch 18th-Century Literature | A Twice-Told Tale of a (Dis)united Kingdom: Thomas Colley Grattan’s History of the Netherlands (1830, 1833) | A Conflict in Words And Images, or a Conflict Between Word and Image? An Intermedial Analysis of Graphical Novel Adaptations of Hendrik Conscience’s The Lion Of Flanders (1838) | Language Controversies in the Gazette Van Detroit (1916–1918) | ‘Beyond A Bridge Too Far’: The Aftermath of The Battle of Arnhem (1944), and Its Impact on Civilian Life |  ‘A Sort Of Wishful Dream’ : Challenging Colonial Time and ‘Indische’ Identities in Hella S. Haasse’s Oeroeg, Sleuteloog and Contemporary Newspaper Reviews | Reinstating a Consensus of Blame: The Film Adaptation of Tessa De Loo’s De Tweeling (1993) and Dutch | Notes on Contributors