The Hangman by Pär Lagerkvist in the Netherlands: Politics and the Personal

Broomans, P. 2013 In : Scandinavica. An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies. 51, 2, p. 103 - 123 20 p.

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In this contribution the debate in the Netherlands in 1935 on the play The Hangman by the Swedish author Pär Lagerkvist will be discussed. The article shows also the various steps in the transfer history and the influence of politics on decisions in the cultural transfer process regarding the performance of The Hangman. Furthermore, the debate about the play provides material to scrutinise a myth in the Dutch reception of Scandinavian literature. The Dutch critic Menno ter Braak (1902-1940) was one of the actors who contributed to the unsuccessful cultural transfer of The Hangman in the Netherlands. The analysis shows that Ter Braak might have had personal reasons for his critique on the play. Though he is known as a critic who was in favour of modernism, his romantic view on Nordic literature became posthumously a ‘Blood and soil literature’ image after World War II.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103 - 123
Number of pages20
JournalScandinavica. An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013

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