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Title: Een medium voor platterts
Subtitle: De opkomst van het literaire tijdschrift in de achttiende eeuw in Noord- en Zuid-Nederland
Author(s): KLOEK, Joost
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 50 Issue: 2 Date: 2008
When and how did the literary magazine develop in the Netherlands? In this article I discuss briefly four early examples. The first is the Boekzaal van Europe (1692-1702), by the Rotterdam journalist Pieter Rabus. His main aim was to popularize modern scholarship but incidentally he paid attention to literature as well. A new step is made by the (anonymously edited) Vaderlandsche letteroefeningen (1760-1876), which contains many reviews of literary works. Most of them, however, are paraphrases rather than reviews. The first literary magazine in the modern sense of the word was the Poëtische Spectator (1784) by the young poet Jacobus Bellamy. It was also the first with a polemic programmatic preface, taunting the literary establishment. The literary magazines in the then Austrian Southern Netherlands have hardly been examined up to now. Yet the weekly Vlaemschen Indicateur (1779-1787) deserves scholarly interest. It did not review literature, but it gave ample space to vernacular and translated theatre plays.