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This article studies the complex relation between literature and knowledge by focusing on the use of lists in poetry. The list is a simple yet functional tool for the organization of information. It moreover guides the memory and helps to structure our lives and the world around us. The list form is, in brief, dominantly present in daily life. Lists are therefore also often integrated in literature. In a literary context the list can both enhance plausibility and recognition or summon a sphere of alienation and enchantment.

The Dutch author K. Schippers often uses lists and enumerations in his work. Although the technique of enumeration is often regarded as essential for the medium of poetry, the use of lists is a rather atypical poetic technique. Schippers’ poetical lists are moreover positioned on the verge of the literary: they often seem to be both pragmatic and literary at the same time. Using the medium of the list Schippers reflects on cognition and cunningly defies the idea of our ‘natural’ perception of reality. That way Schippers’ poems often remind of a laboratory in which concepts such as language, perception and knowledge are cautiously analyzed. This article demonstrates how Schippers cleverly combines both scientific and literary effects in order to reveal new insights about the interaction between literature, art, science and knowledge.
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Keywords: Barbarber; Dutch poetry; Schippers; knowledge; lists; literary lists; neorealism; poetry

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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