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Politics in poetry: epic poetry as a critique of Dutch culture

O.M. Heynders
Literator | Vol 31, No 3 | a59 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v31i3.59 | © 2010 O.M. Heynders | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2010 | Published: 25 July 2010

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O.M. Heynders, Department of Humanities, Tilburg University, Netherlands

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This article describes a Dutch volume of epic poetry, using a disciplinary strategy (concepts and devices from narrative studies) and a cultural analytical and rhetorical approach. The volume “Roeshoofd hemelt” by Joost Zwagerman (2005) is a political poetic text that raises fundamental questions on issues of mental illness and on consumerism in contemporary Dutch society.


Consumerism; Cultural Analysis; Frame; Manic-Depressive Illness; Narrative Poetry; Voice


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