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Title: Literatuur over verre landen, vreemde volkeren en gouden handel
Author(s): PAASMAN, Bert
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 46 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2004
Dutch eighteenth-century colonial literature was mainly written in the Republic itself, rather than in the colonies. It initiated many of the stereotypes regarding the conduct of both colonists and natives that would prove dominant until the twentieth century. Travel accounts constituted the most significant part of these writings, often criticising colonial politics. Whereas the Western Indies apparently sparked the imagination of the fictional prose authors, poetry and songs also reflected a literary coloured image of the Eastern Indies. In drama the critique on colonial policy and misconduct was even more outspoken.