Literature and the Wadden Sea

Place attachment

These units encourage reflection on the relation between people and the environment. Place attachment may be taught with a focus on history, mediation, genre or perspective, which are elaborated on below. The units on Place attachment are informed by concepts from cultural and human geography and the spatial turn. They teach students an understanding of the concepts of place, including the ways it is produced and the role it plays in communities and societies, and landscape, including its historical and linguistic development and its cultural, spiritual and emotional significance. The units invite students to apply these concepts to literary texts and to their own experiences as individuals, members of a community and society, and as researchers. They may also be used to reflect on interdisciplinarity, the ways concepts can travel between disciplines, and be adopted and put to productive use beyond their original scope.

Suggested secondary readings:

Bondi, Liz. “The Place of Emotions in Research: From Partitioning Emotion and Reason to the Emotional Dynamics of Research Relationships.” Emotional Geographies. Eds. Joyce Davidson, Liz Bondi and Mick Smith. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016. 231-246.

Jones, Owain. “An Ecology of Emotion, Memory, Self and Landscape.” Emotional Geographies. Eds. Joyce Davidson, Liz Bondi and Mick Smith. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016. 205-218.

Lefebvre, Henri. “Plan of the Present Work” and “Social Space.” The Production of Space. Trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith. Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, 1991. 1-67; 68-168.

Olwig, Kenneth R. “Recovering the Substantive Nature of Landscape.” The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Environment and Justice. Abigdon and New York: Routledge, 2019. 18-49.

Schama, Simon. “Introduction.” Landscape and Memory. London: Fontana Press, 1996. 3-19.

Tuan, Yi-Fu. “Humanistic Geography.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 66.2 (1976): 266-276.

Tuan, Yi-Fu. Place, Art, and Self. Santa Fe: Center for American Places, 2004.

Tuan, Yi-Fu. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1977.

Wylie, John. Landscape. London: Routledge, 2007.

Suggested primary readings:

NL Adolfsen, Paula. Gekust: Eilandgedichten. Soest: Uitgeverij Boekscout.

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

NL Busser, Geurt. Uit liefde voor stugge grootsheid, stille, innige schoonheid en stormachtig wild leven. Groningen: Philip Elchers, 2018.

DE Christophersen, Jan. Schneetage. Hamburg: Mareverlag, 2009.

NL Gerhardt, Ida. “Waddeneiland.” https://www.dbnl.org/tekst/gerh002veer02_01/gerh002veer02_01_0046.php

NL (DE, DK) Heijmans, Toine. Op zee. Amsterdam: Pluim, 2011.

NL Jaeggi, Adriaan. Held van beroep. Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam, 2008.

DE Neudecker, Christiane. Sommernovelle. Munich: Luchterhand, 2015.

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

NL (DE, FY) Meer, Vonne van der. Eilandgasten; De avondboot; Laatste seizoen. Amsterdam: AtlasContact, 2007. 

NL Regnerus, Jannie. Nachtschrijver. Amsterdam: Van Oorschot, 2019.

DK Smith, Amalie. De naeste 5000 dage. Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 2010. 

NL Stamperius, Hannemieke, red. De Wadden: De mooiste verhalen over de zee en de eilanden. Den Haag: Pandora, 2011.

DE (NL) Timm, Uwe. Vogelweide. Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2013. 

NL (DE) Valens, Anton. Vis. Amsterdam: Atlas Contact, 2013.

DK Vik, Kjersti.Mandø. Oslo: Aschehoug, 2009.

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

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