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The creative reception of William Shakespeare in the Netherlands: the case of Arthur Van Schendel

Steinmetz-Ardaseer, Yvonne (1999)
Other thesis, University of Birmingham.

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As a young man, the Dutch novelist, short story writer and poet, Arthur van Schendel (1874-1946) developed a passion for Shakespeare. The plays came as a revelation to him, kindling his creativity to such an extent that he imaginatively adopted and adapted many of the playwright's characters and ideas. The principal results were a life of the poet, Shakespeare (1910), a play Pandorra (1919), the novel Meneer Oberon en Mevrouw (1940), and a poem "Stratford-upon-Avon" (1944).
In this thesis I will explore the intertextuality between the works of Shakespeare and those of Van Schendel. To this end I will study the latter's complete works, all the associated material, including correspondence and manuscripts, kept in the Literary Museum and Documentation Centre in The Hague; and also biographies, books and articles concerned with Van Schendel that have appeared since the publication of his first novel Drogon (1896).
This dissertation will comprise:
- a discussion of Van Schendel's life and works
- a reading of Shakespeare
- comments on five of Shakespeare's plays, included in the second enlarged edition of Shakespeare, and on Pandorra
- and last but not least an evaluation of Meneer Oberon en Mevrouw.

Type of Work:M.Litt. thesis.
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Humanities
Department:Shakespeare Institute
Subjects:PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
PR English literature
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3146
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