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Literature and applied ethics. The study of normative issues in Dutch literature

Within Dutch studies various approaches actively relate literature to the actual world, among which are the critique of ideology, ‘literature and ethics’ (particularly the ethics of alterity) and ‘literature and science studies’. Although these approaches engage, at least to some degree, with societal and political themes, they cannot fully answer Thomas Vaessens’s call ‐ in his controversial book De revanche van de roman (2009) ‐ for the study of the representation of a wide range of normative issues in literary works. While offering analyses of Harry Mulisch’s De ontdekking van de hemel (1992) and Charlotte Mutsaers’s Koetsier Herfst (2008) focused on moral status, it is argued in this contribution how an orientation on the employment of applied ethics might do this, thus complementing the abovementioned approaches.
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Keywords: Charlotte Mutsaers; Harry Mulisch; engagement; ethics; moral status

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Wouter Schrover is docent moderne Nederlandse letterkunde aan de Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: February 1, 2016

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  • Het tijdschrift Nederlandse Letterkunde is een wetenschappelijk, peer-reviewed tijdschrift voor de Nederlandstalige letterkunde. Het tijdschrift is een podium voor vakbeoefening in al haar vormen en facetten. De diverse bijdragen beslaan in hun totaliteit het gehele spectrum van Nederlandstalige letterkunde van de Middeleeuwen tot heden. Een jaargang Nederlandse Letterkunde telt drie afleveringen waarvan er steeds één aan een actueel thema gewijd wordt.

    The Dutch-language journal Nederlandse Letterkunde (Dutch Literature) is an academic peer-reviewed journal for Dutch literature. The various contributions cover the entire spectrum of Dutch literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Nederlandse Letterkunde publishes three issues a year of which one is devoted to a contemporary topic.
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