The Practice of Philology in the Nineteenth-Century Netherlands

Edited by Ton van Kalmthout and Huib Zuidervaart

The Practice of Philology in the Nineteenth-Century Netherlands

Edited by Ton van Kalmthout and Huib Zuidervaart

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

280 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9789089645913 Published May 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Dutch scholarship has played an important role in philology since the early days of Leiden University. This volume illuminates how philology and its focus on the critical examination of classical texts—a tradition that had previously exerted considerable influence across fields as diverse as theology, astronomy, law, and politics—began an accelerated process of specialization in the 1800s. As former subareas like linguistics and history branched off into independent fields with their own methodologies, philology found its authority narrowing in scope within newly defined boundaries. Providing a fresh perspective on the evolution of Dutch philology as a discipline in the humanities, this is a fascinating look at a historically vital field of thought.

1. Introduction

            Ton van Kalmthout and Huib Zuidervaart

2. The Importance of the History of Philology, or the Unprecedented Impact of the Study of Texts

            Rens Bod

3.‘Dutch Language and Literature’ (and other ‘national philologies’) as an example of discipline formation in the humanities

            Gert-Jan Johannes

4. Between academic discipline and societal relevance: Professionalizing foreign language education in the Netherlands, 1881-1921

            Marie-Christine Kok Escalle

5. Fruin’s Aristocracy: Historiographical Practices in the Late Nineteenth Century

            Jo Tollebeek

6. Biblical Philology and Theology

            Johannes Magliano-Tromp

7. Linguistics as a profession: Diverging opinions in the nineteenth century

            Jan Noordegraaf

8. ‘Remember Dousa!’ Literary historicism and scholarly traditions in Dutch philology

before 1860

            Jan Rock

9. Beam of a many-coloured spectrum: Comparative literature in the second half of the nineteenth century

            Ton van Kalmthout

10. Trifles for ‘Unflemings’: Teaching Dutch literary history in nineteenth-century Wallonia

            Kris Steyaert

11. The Relations of Jacob Grimm with the ‘Koninklijk-Nederlandsch Instituut van Wetenschappen, Letterkunde en Schoone Kunsten’: Old and new documents for the history of the humanities

            Rita M. Schlusemann



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