Cees Nooteboom and his Writing
Part 1 Literature and New Belongings
Chapter 1 Literature on the Move: Finding a Disciplinary Framework Mobile Literature: The Classics Literature has always travelled, crossing dif ferent kinds of frontiers as it does so. In Europe, the literature of ancient Greece and Rome is still in motion after more than two thousand years. Though a history of the Classics would be out of place here, the literary texts of ancient Greek and Rome provide a particularly fine illustration of the mobile condition of literature. Because of their special place in the development of European culture, they crossed and re-crossed frontiers at many dif ferent times throughout history, and in dif ferent forms for dif ferent audiences. Such textual peregrinations are emblematic of the mobile view of literature I am proclaiming and will serve as the starting-point for my ref lections on literary border crossings, cultural capital, translation and the availability of academic disciplines for studying them. This chapter will map the disciplinary terrain with a view to arriving at a framework of ideas, approaches and methods for discussing mobile literature written in Dutch and the work of Cees Nooteboom in particular. The strictly defined political boundaries that have determined the map of Europe since the creation of nation-states from the eighteenth century onwards are a relatively recent phenomenon when viewed in relation to the cultural legacies of Greece and Rome. In contrast, there have always been physical barriers such as sea, mountains, rivers and marshes which played an important part in checking the development and distribution...
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