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Anxious About a Changing World: Twenty-First Century Low Countries Gothic Novels

van Amelsvoort, J., 6-Feb-2020, In : Dutch Crossing. 44, 1, p. 102-117 16 p.

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van Amelsvoort, J. (2020). Anxious About a Changing World: Twenty-First Century Low Countries Gothic Novels. Dutch Crossing, 44(1), 102-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/03096564.2018.1551295

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van Amelsvoort, Jesse. / Anxious About a Changing World : Twenty-First Century Low Countries Gothic Novels. In: Dutch Crossing. 2020 ; Vol. 44, No. 1. pp. 102-117.

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van Amelsvoort, J 2020, 'Anxious About a Changing World: Twenty-First Century Low Countries Gothic Novels', Dutch Crossing, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 102-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/03096564.2018.1551295

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Anxious About a Changing World : Twenty-First Century Low Countries Gothic Novels. / van Amelsvoort, Jesse.

In: Dutch Crossing, Vol. 44, No. 1, 06.02.2020, p. 102-117.

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van Amelsvoort J. Anxious About a Changing World: Twenty-First Century Low Countries Gothic Novels. Dutch Crossing. 2020 Feb 6;44(1):102-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/03096564.2018.1551295


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