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This paper explores the way fictional texts activate, integrate and organize knowledge by focussing on the epistemological frame that fictional scenarios provide. I will provide a case-study of three Dutch-language novels from the early 20th century which depict merchants and business-men. The merchant is a well-established literary character situated at the cross-section of economic, literary-historiographic, and ‐ especially in the case of Dutch literature ‐ imagologic discourses of knowledge. I will analyse the structuring of interfering knowledge domains and the affirmation and/or transformation of mental concepts of economy. By that, I intend to contribute to understanding the literary epistemology that shapes the relationship of texts and their readers.
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Keywords: 8.100.000m3 zand; Ferdinand Bordewijk; Kaas; Karakter; M. Revis; Willem Elsschot; economy; knowledge; metaphor

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2017

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  • Internationale Neerlandistiek is het wetenschappelijke tijdschrift van de Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek. Het Nederlandstalige tijdschrift bevordert de dialoog tussen alle wetenschappers die werkzaam zijn op het gebied van de internationale neerlandistiek. Internationale Neerlandistiek richt zich op de Nederlandse (en Zuid-Afrikaanse) taal- en letterkunde in ruime zin, en heeft daarnaast aandacht voor interculturele aspecten van deze subdisciplines, communicatiewetenschap, didactiek en nieuwe technologie in de vakbeoefening, het verloop van canoniseringsprocessen, vertalen, culturele studies en voor de cultuur van de Lage Landen. Het tijdschrift heeft qua vraagstelling, methode en object een internationaal vergelijkende, en qua auteurs, lezers en verspreiding een internationale dimensie.

    Internationale Neerlandistiek is the scholarly journal of the International Association for Neerlandistiek. Internationale Neerlandistiek is a Dutch language, peer-reviewed journal with an international focus. The journal aims to improve the discussion in international Dutch (including South-African) linguistics and literature, in the broadest sense, including intercultural aspects of subdisciplines, communication studies, translation, cultural studies and the culture of the Low Countries in general.

    The journal is published in Open Access, with the following Creative Commons copyright license: Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

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