Author: Kees
Author: Kees
Selected Essays on English Literature
Author: Kees Fens
This is a collection of essays on major English literary figures by the leading Dutch critic Kees Fens. Although most of them are on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, dealing with, among others, Newman, Hopkins, Wilde, Shaw and Greene, authors from earlier periods, such as Thomas More and George Herbert, are not excluded.
Kees Fens holds that great cultural achievements are creative responses to a large diversity of traditions. The most important of these constitute the cultural heritage that is preserved and passed on in education, religion, reading and writing. For Fens, culture is first and foremost a continuity of experience, starting in one's youth, when one goes to school and to church. In assimilating the tradition, one learns that all aspects of life are culturally significant, for better or worse.
Creativity is the urge to continue to learn - on all occasions. What one learns is that one's knowledge necessarily remains incomplete. Fens has a sharp eye for inconsistencies and paradoxes, in authors as well as in their work. He responds to these with humour, since, in his view, they illustrate a permanent striving for perfection.
What a great author leaves behind is his language. Language is saturated with many kinds of traditions; an author uses language to reshape the traditions he wants to perfect. A great author becomes a great teacher when he makes his readers experience his own need for perfection.
Author: Kees Dekker
This volume deals with the study of Old Germanic languages in the Low Countries, in the seventeenth century. The work of the philologist and lawyer Jan van Vliet (1622-1666) has been taken as a starting point for a discussion of the intellectual background and philological methodology of seventeenth-century investigations into the earliest recorded forms of the Germanic languages.
Van Vliet's activities provide an extraordinary example of the earliest attempts to approach Old Germanic languages from a comparative point of view. The cosmopolitan tradition of philological studies in the Dutch Republic as well as Van Vliet’s great admiration of Francis Junius (1590–1677), the founding-father of Germanic philology, formed the basis for his ideas about vernacular languages. His work allows us a unique insight in the pioneering seventeenth-century studies in Germanic philology.
Het voorgeslacht van E. du Perron op Java
Author: Kees Snoek
In ieder geval is waar, dat ik in Holland altijd zo'n beetje de 'lastige vreemdeling' bleef. Dat is eigenlik ook wel logies: mijn ouders waren bijna volbloed Fransen en verder 'koloniaal patriciaat', wat weer iets anders is dan hollandse bourgeoisie.
Dit schreef E. du Perron (1899-1940) aan de politieke balling Soetan Sjahrir in een poging om zichzelf sociaal-cultureel te situeren. In dit boek wordt de kleurrijke geschiedenis beschreven van de Du Perrons op Java, die begint met de stamvader Jean Roch du Perron (1756/7-1806). Als 'cadet en bombardier' in dienst getreden van de VOC, eindigde hij als kapitein van de genie. Binnen enkele generaties wisten zijn nakomelingen door te dringen tot de hoogste kringen van de koloniale samenleving. Dat was voor een deel de eigen verdienste van deze 'manhafte heren', voor een ander deel hadden zij deze gerieflijke status te danken aan hun verbintenis met 'rijke erfdochters'.
In dit boek ontvouwt zich in zeven hoofdstukken een waaier van relaties en worden witte plekken ingevuld in de geschiedenis van Indische families. Dankzij Tim Timmers (1949), nazaat van E. du Perrons tante Louise Henriëtte, zijn diverse unieke documenten uit familiebezit in de tekst verwerkt. Tevens zijn er veel onbekende portretten opgenomen van de Du Perrons, P.H. Menu en aangetrouwde verwanten.
Author: Kees Meerhoff
In: Origins of Old Germanic Studies in the Low Countries
In: Origins of Old Germanic Studies in the Low Countries