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Title: Liberale en katholieke toe-eigening van een Middeleeuws epos
Subtitle: Dantes Divinia Commedia in het negentiende-eeuwse Nederland
Author(s): OOSTERHOLT, Jan
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 60    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2018   
Pages: 107-135
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.60.1.3285418

Abstract :
The concept of appropriation, popular among cultural historians, ethnologists and scholars in the fields of Translation Studies and Adaptation Studies, signifies a focus on the recipient instead of the producer of culture. Using this concept one distances oneself from a fidelity discourse in which the original occupies centre stage and in which reception is associated with trivialising the source text. Especially when dealing with the reception of classical epic poems appropriation turns out to be a fertile concept. This article illustrates this by looking at two very diverse Dutch examples of creative responses to Dante’s Divina Commedia, dating from the second half of the nineteenth century: a liberal view regarding Dante (Potgieter’s epic poem Florence) and catholic appropriations (by Alberdingk Thijm and Schaepman) of the Divine Comedy.

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