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Travel Writing in Dutch and German, 1790-1930
Modernity, Regionality, Mobility

ISBN 9780367875220
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

This volume focuses on how travel writing contributed to cultural and intellectual exchange in and between the Dutch- and German-speaking regions from the 1790s to the twentieth-century interwar period. Drawing on a hitherto largely overlooked body of travelers whose work ranges across what is now Germany and Austria, the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium, the Dutch East Indies and Suriname, the contributors highlight the interrelations between the regional and the global and the role alterity plays in both spheres. They therefore offer a transnational and transcultural perspective on the ways in which the foreign was mediated to audiences back home. By combining a narrative perspective on travel writing with a socio-historically contextualized approach, essays emphasize the importance of textuality in travel literature as well as the self-positioning of such accounts in their individual historical and political environments. The first sustained analysis to focus specifically on these neighboring cultural and linguistic areas, this collection demonstrates how topographies of knowledge were forged across these regions by an astonishingly diverse range of travelling individuals from professional scholars and writers to art dealers, soldiers, (female) explorers, and scientific collectors. The contributors address cultural, aesthetic, political, and gendered aspects of travel writing, drawing productively on other disciplines and areas of scholarly research that encompass German Studies, Low Countries Studies, comparative literature, aesthetics, the history of science, literary geography, and the history of publishing.

Table of Contents


List of Figures



Lut Missinne, Alison E. Martin, Beatrix van Dam


Part I

Foreign Neighbours

1. Identity Formation and the Gaze of the Other: Flanders and Belgium in German Travel Narratives, 1830-1850

Hubert Roland

2. Phlegmatic Aquatic Philistines: The Netherlands Described in Nineteenth-Century French and German Travelogues

Kim Andringa

3. Wandervögel in Wartime Flanders. Encountering Foreign Heritage and Imagining a German Future during the First World War

Robbert-Jan Adriaansen


Part II

Travel and New Ways of Circulating Knowledge

4. "Fresh Fields of Exploration": Cultures of Scientific Knowledge and Ida Pfeiffer’s Second Voyage round the World (1856)

Alison E. Martin

5. Hunting for Sources: Dreams and Realities of Nineteenth-Century Archival Travel

Herman Paul

6. "Nachrichten von Surinam": Representations of a Former Dutch Colony in German Travel Literature, 1790-1900

Carl Haarnack

7. Between Tourism, Ethnography, and Aesthetic Modernism: Louis Couperus in Africa

Carl Niekerk


Part III

Mediating Knowledge

8. Changing Places, Shifting Narratives: Nineteenth-Century Dutch Travellers in Germany

Arianne Baggerman and Rudolf Dekker

9. The Making of a Founding Father: Willem Jonckbloet in Search of Manuscripts and a Reputation

Johan Oosterman

10. Mobility and the Museum: Aesthetic and Commercial Influences on Travel in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany

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Alison E. Martin is Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Reading, UK.

Lut Missinne is Professor of Modern Dutch Literature at the University of Münster, Germany.

Beatrix van Dam is Research Associate in Modern Dutch Literature at the University of Münster, Germany.