Germanic Languages | Dutch Culture: Modern Netherlands
N350 | 25467 | E. Ham

Taught in English; no prerequisites.  Course open to graduates and

For those trying to understand the Dutch, national taboos and
obsessions are a good place to start. These can best be gleaned from
Dutch literature, in which three themes have generally been dominant
for over a century: the relationship with the (former) East Indian
colonies, the Second World War and the results of a Calvinist
upbringing. These themes come back strongly in many typically Dutch

Topics that will be largely discussed are amongst others: Dutch
views and policies on abortion, colonialism, euthanasia,
prostitution, sexual education and drugs.

All literature will be read in English and the course will be
conducted in English. Requirements are position papers on the books
and the films, a final exam, regular class attendance, and
participation in class discussions.

Required texts:
* Multatuli: Max Havelaar or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch
Trading Company, Penguin USA 1995, ISBN: 0140445161
* Abdelkader Benali: Wedding by the Sea, Arcade Publishing,  ISBN:
* Adriaan van Dis: My Fatherís War, New Press, 1996 ISBN: 156584033X
* Arnon Grunberg, Blue Mondays, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1997, ISBN:
* Clicker

Meets with W405