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Open Access De Nederlandse Reynaert-traditie in prenationaal, nationaal en transnationaal perspectief

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In the recent past, two medieval Dutch Reynaert-stories have been published in separate editions, each with a modern translation: Van den vos Reynaerde with an English translation, Reynaerts historie with a German translation. In this article these two editions are presented as the outcome of a transnational approach. Following a sketch of the medieval tradition of stories about the famous fox, it is substantiated that both Dutch Reynaert stories form an integral part of this European tradition. It is also shown that Reynaerts historie is a key text in this tradition. Furthermore it is described how these stories were rediscovered in the nineteenth century, the period in which the modern nations of Belgium and The Netherlands came into existence, and how during that time Van den vos Reynaerde became gradually seen as a unique masterpiece and a perfect expression of (aspects of) national identity. Against this background, it is shown how the recent bilingual editions reveal a new awareness of the needs of an international public – without completely breaking with the scholarly tradition – and thus transcend the boundaries of a nationalistic approach.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universiteit Utrecht)

Publication date: August 1, 2010

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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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