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Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies 33.2 (October 2009)

1 October 2009

Dutch Crossing: Journal of Lwo Countries Studies

The latest issue of Dutch Crossing, the international peer-reviewed research journal on interdisciplinary Low Countries Studies, edited at UCL Dutch, has just been published (vol. 33, no. 2, October 2009).

Hentie Louw (Newcastle) opens the issue by examining the cultural exchanges in the field of architecture between Britain and the Dutch Republic in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, which spanned the full range of activities, from technology transfer and trade in building materials to material culture, landscape and urban design. His article not only establishes the details of the often noted congruity in architectural style during the reign of William III of Orange and Mary II Stuart (1689–1701) but also sheds light on Britain’s Dutch connection that in its pervasiveness, both in terms of scope and depth, distinguished itself from other external relations that Britain had at the time.

Covering the same period, Jasper van der Steen (Leiden) explores the influences of William III’s Dutch background on the cultural norms of English court and society and vice versa. Despite the king-stadholder’s personal dislike of the lavish Stuart court ceremonies on the grounds of his character and religious beliefs, he pragmatically and purposefully adopted many of the rituals associated with the monarchy, with a view to making his kingship a success.

Jacquelyn Coutré (New York) focuses on Jan Lievens (1607–1674), a lesser-known colleague and competitor of Rembrandt whose work has recently received much attention, not the least caused by the recent 2008–09 exhibition in Washington, Milwaukee and Amsterdam. Her article maps the critical fortunes of the artist, whose adoption of a variety of styles throughout his career to meet the demands of his various patrons has complicated his positioning in seventeenth century history of Netherlandic art, against the changing shape of art history. The image of Lievens that emerges shows that he has unjustifiably been in the shadow of Rembrandt for too long.

That Dutch studies do not necessarily need to focus on the sixteenth and seventeenth century alone is demonstrated by Reinier Salverda (London/Leeuwarden). His exploration of the legal legacy of four centuries of colonial contact between the Dutch and the Indonesians in the East Indies produces new readings of Dutch colonial writers such as Multatuli, Daum and Van der Hoogte, and a new postcolonial analysis of the so-called haatzaai-articles in Dutch law and their use in colonial society as well as in contemporary multicultural Netherlands.

Ulrich Tiedau

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