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Nomadic Literature

Cees Nooteboom and his Writing

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Jane Fenoulhet

Cees Nooteboom (born 1933) is a writer of fiction, poetry and travel literature. Translated into at least thirty-four languages, his work raises important questions about the mobility of literary texts and invites a new theoretical approach, for to read Nooteboom straightforwardly as a Dutch author would be to do him an injustice. In this book, his fiction and travel writing are discussed on the basis of his English oeuvre, while the chapter on his poetry moves between Dutch and English editions. The first part of the study reflects on texts crossing boundaries and the ways in which literary theory and history have dealt with them. The author then brings nomadic philosophy to bear on translation studies, considering translation as the process through which a literary work is welcomed into a new culture. The second part of the book argues that Nooteboom’s themes and preoccupations are themselves nomadic, with their philosophical treatment of the subjective experiences of death, writing, love, sex and crisis as opportunities for becoming and self-exploration. Nooteboom’s imaginative worlds are constructed in language that is playful, laconic, meditative, witty and yet, especially in the poetry, deadly serious.

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Anbeek, Ton 5, 98, 200 Bassnett, Susan 32–4, 49–50 becoming(s) 14, 20–1, 63, 71–2, 85, 124–5, 131, 168, 170–2, 181 narrative of 87, 115, 118–19, 120–1, 125, 127–8, 130, 208 process of 116, 125, 138, 159, 210, 227, 229 writing as 159–60, 174, 178, 233 Braidotti, Rosi 1–3, 12, 14–15, 52–4, 72, 126, 128, 225 Metamorphoses 1, 31, 62–3, 71, 109, 174 Nomadic Subjects 32 Transpositions 72 Brems, Hugo 10, 42–3, 136, 145 Byatt, A.S. 123, 125 Casanova, Pascale 26, 33–4, 40–1, 44–5 Coetzee, J.M. 132–3, 174, 182–9, 201–3 comparative literature 6, 32–7, 43–5, 47, 49 cosmopolitanism 18, 54–60, 96–7, 181, 212, 218 Cronin, Michael 49, 53–5, 57–8, 60–4, 66–7, 212 Damrosch, David 28, 39, 46 De Moor, Wam 136, 151–4 Deleuze, Gilles 12, 14, 85, 142, 158–60, 166, 168, 173, 210 Deleuze, Gilles, and Guattari, Félix 5–6, 16–17, 159 A Thousand Plateaus 159, 166, 168 Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature 16–17, 37, 83 deterritorialization 12, 14, 16, 20, 83, 142, 172, 232 Dutch language 3, 9, 20, 38–9, 74, 101, 182 area 1, 43 Dutch Language Union 9–10, 38, 43 Dutch literature 5, 6–7, 19, 37, 40–1, 43, 95 field of 6–11, 40, 42–3, 96 history of 10, 32–4, 37–40, 42–3, 98, 137, 145...

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