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Highlights of the Literature of the Netherlands


Admission requirements



The course surveys the movements in the literature of the Netherlands from the medieval age to the present. Highlights of Dutch literature are analysed in their historical context.

Course objectives

  • The students will acquire an overview of the devolopement of Dutch literature from the Middle Ages till the 21st century as well as various academic approaches to the study of literature.

  • The students will acquire insight in the texts, its historical context and its place in Dutch literary history.


Consult also the timetable of Dutch Studies (available from June on)

Mode of instruction

Individual study of one of the texts based on additional readings

Assessment method

Written texts with essay questions 50%
Research paper (2000 words) 50%
If the mark for the research paper is insufficient, the student may rewrite the paper once, after having consulted the lecturer.


Yes, Blackboard.

Reading list

Theo Hermans [ed.], A Literary History of the Low Countries, Rochester, NY, Camden House, 2009
Subjects and reading list will be available on blackboard


Via Usis If you have any questions or problems, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272233 or mail:

Registration A la carte and contract

Registration A la Carte (in Dutch):
Registration Contract (in Dutch)


Prof. dr. O.J.Praamstra


This course is aimed at all international students except regular Dutch Studies students.
This course can be combined with the course Introduction to the History of the Netherlands (code 5810MIDH) for 10 ec.