Literature and the Wadden Sea

Genre and place attachment

This unit investigates how place attachment figures in different literary genres. The approach to genre and place attachment may be twofold: students can investigate both what role place and attachment to place has in different literary genres, and how place and place attachment work differently in different genres. They may then also reflect on how their own sense of place is affected by their readings in different genres.

Courses may include texts of a wide variety of genres, including, but not limited to, novels, poetry, crime fiction, historic fiction, spy fiction, regional literature, nature writing, travel writing and children’s literature (including picture books). Suggestions for readings in some of these genres are given below.

Suggested secondary readings:

Bristow, Tom. The Anthropocene Lyric: An Affective Geography of Poetry, Person, Place. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015.

De Groot, Jerome. “Genre Fiction.” The Historical Novel. London and New York: Routledge, 2009.

Cresswell, Tim. “Towards Topopoetics: Space, Place and the Poem.” Place, Space and Hermeneutics. Ed. Bruce B. Janz. Berlin: Springer, 2017. 319-331.

Gabellieri, Nicola. “Place Matters: Geographical Context, Place Belonging And the Production of Locality in Mediterranean Noirs.” GeoJournal (2021).

Northrup, Mary. “The Picture Book: Where Words And Art Come Together.” Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktalkes, and Poetry. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2012. 1-17.

Thompson, Carl. “Reporting the World.” Travel Writing. Abingdon: Routledge, 2011. 62-96. 

Suggested primary readings:

NL (DE) Brill, Yvonne. Wadje de zeehond. Leeuwarden: Uitgeverij Noordboek, 2015.

NL Bomans, Godfried. Dagboek van Rottumerplaat: Relaas van een angstige ervaring. Amsterdam: De Boekerij, 1988.

EN (DE, NL) Childers, Erskine. The Riddle of the Sands. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1903.

NL Ciggaar, Mariëtte. Zilte deerne. Amsterdam: Boekerij, 2010.

NL Deen, Mathijs. “Vooraf: Het huppeltje van mijn vader” and “Nur Sand: De stormvloeden van de twaalfde en dertiende eeuw.” De Wadden. Een Geschiedenis. Amsterdam: Rap, 2013. 9-14; 57-79.

NL Fienieg, Annette and Piet Duizer. Het grote zeeboek: Alles wat je wilt weten over de Noordzee en de Waddenzee. Thorn: Cyclone, 2011.

NL Kerkhoven, Els. Weekend Terschelling. Amsterdam: Luitingh-Sijthoff, 2014.

(DE) Köster-Lösche, Kari. Die letzten Tage von Rungholt. Berlin: List Taschenbuch: 2006.

(DE) Köster-Lösche, Kari. Mit der Flut kommt der Tod. Munich: Droemer Knaur, 2005.  

DE (NL) Lenz, Siegfried. “Die Flut ist pünktlich.”Die Flut ist pünktlich: Meistererzählungen. Hambrg: Hoffman und Campe, 2010. 7-16.

NL (DE, EN) Nooteboom, Cees. Monniksoog. Amsterdam: Karaat, 2016.

NL de Pous, Irene. Yaru makki’s reis. Zeist: KNNV Uitgeverij, 2019.

NL Leerink, Thomas. Gek op Trek. Bornmeer: Gorredijk, 2018.

DE (NL) Wolf, Klaus-Peter. Totenstille im Watt. Berlin: Fischer Taschenbuch, 2017.

NL Wolkers, Jan. Groeten van Rottumerplaat. Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 1991.

NL Zuiden, H. van, ed. De Wadden in gedichten. Uitgeverij 521, 2004.

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