Prof. dr. A.G.H. (Ton) Anbeek van der Meijden (Emeritus)

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Function of Dutch literary criticism
  • Dutch literature
  • Romanticism

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2118
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Moderne Nederlandse L&C
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.04b

Contact information

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My inspiration

I must have been about thirteen or fourteen years old, when I purchased a pocket novel (Ooievaarspocket), entitled Losse Planken (Single Planks). It was a selection of works from a literary magazine unknown to me: Podium (Podium; hence the humorous title). I was baffled by what I read. A story by Hermans, in which he spoke of the 'metabolism' of a school building; a short story by Claus, about a boy and a girl, who re-enacted a movie they've just seen. In short, I was introduced to a way of seeing and experiencing things, that was completely unfamiliar to me.
That fascination with the movement, evoked by literary texts, has been with me ever since, and I do hope that I have been able to confer some of this fascination to my students.

Last Modified: 10-12-2015