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Title: Dominee Nicolaas Beets: "De familie Kegge" (1851) in het perspectief van de afschaffing van de slavernij
Authors: Rutgers, Wim
Keywords: Dutch literature in the 19th century
Edward W. Said
contrapuntal reading
Caribbean sugarplantations
slavery and anti-slavery movement in the Netherlands
interpretation problems
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Department of Dutch and South African Studies, Faculty of English
Citation: Werkwinkel vol. 8(2), 2013, pp. 61-79
Abstract: Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism (1993) offers opportunities for rereading and re-interpretation of canonical historical literary works by way of focussing on the relation between culture and empire. Nicolaas Beets, “De familie Kegge,” seems to be a good example for this “contrapuntal reading.” The short novel protests in a mild way against slavery and behaviour of slave owners and plantation owners in the Caribbean. In later work Beets proves to have become a fierce anti-slavery advocate, an aspect of his work that until now is hardly ever discussed and has been neglected in traditional criticism.
ISSN: 1896-3307
Appears in Collections:Werkwinkel, 2013, vol. 8(2)

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