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Title: De gifangels van de surfer
Subtitle: De digitale informatievloed in Tonnus Oosterhoffs Op de rok van het universum
Author(s): VANDEN BERGHE, Ruben
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 63    Issue: 3   Date: 2021   
Pages: 243-268
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.63.3.3290013

Abstract :
In Op de rok van het universum (2015), a novel by the Dutch author Tonnus Oosterhoff, the reader is introduced to the life story of Roelof de Koning, a timid baby boomer and veterinarian. This narrative is interspersed by a seemingly interminable variety of microstories. In the novel’s epilogue, a list of sources sheds a light on the partly online origins of the disorienting swarm of information. This article examines how the self-conscious presentation of (dis)information of Op de rok van het universum reflects the transformations of knowledge in the internet era. By drawing attention to the formal inclusion of online as well as offline sourced materials, the novel’s challenging scope and databaselike composition, the article will assess the epistemological challenges the novel is set to navigate in a digitalised world.

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