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Open Access De metamorfosen van Zeeland

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Dye Cronijcke van Zeelandt (The Chronicles of Zeelandt) is a philosophical study of the nature of Zeeland, and reveals its essence to be that of a never-ending metamorphosis of land into sea, sea into land, with immediate effects on the fortunes and wealth of the inhabitants. The book is the outcome of an ambitious, large-scale investigation, aiming to subvert the cycles of (divine) destruction that (allegedly) result from human negligence, ignorance and bad governance. The first step it takes in overturning the vicious cycle is the attempt to transform the community of interest (the inhabitants) into a community of knowledge. It does so by creating a record of past cycles of metamorphoses organized chronologically and geographically, also by chorographic and cartographic means. This record aims to instruct contemporaries to take care of the dikes that protect the lands and ports of plenty. The philosophical vision of the book does not reveal itself easily to a modern reader, who might be deceived by its methods of copia and chronology in the presentation of its wealth of particulars. A variety of literary and visual forms is used to shape the author’s vision into an instruction for the community of interest as knowledge community.
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Keywords: Erasmianism; Zeeland; cartography; chronicle; common good; cosmography; governance; knowledge; literature; philosophy; practice

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.

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