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Title: Mariken in Parijs
Subtitle: Een Middelnederlandse intertekst in Willem Frederik Hermans' Au pair
Author(s): SMITS, Lieke
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 65    Issue: 1   Date: 2023   
Pages: 83-103
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.65.1.3292287

Abstract :
The novel Au Pair by Willem Frederik Hermans (1989), about the adventures of the Dutch au pair Paulina in Paris, has led to many different interpretations because of its puzzling nature. This article adds to the understanding of the novel by examining the previously neglected intertextuality with the Middle Dutch text Mariken van Nieumeghen. With this intertext Hermans evokes metaliterary reflections and places himself in the Dutch literary tradition.

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