Netherlands, Utrecht

The Flying Dutchman

when 7 August 2017 - 18 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1100

This course offers the opportunity to study Dutch literature (1300-2016) in a global perspective. Point of departure are best-sellers that have received international acclaim, for instance Anne Franks’ diary. We study, in addition, textual motifs such as the urban legend of the ghost ship ‘the Flying Dutchman’ that resonates in world literature, turned into the symbol of Dutch colonial politics and serves as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ emblematic advertisement. Excursions will take you to a Dutch publishing house, the Museum Plantin-Moretus (a famous early modern publishing house now part of UNESCO’s world-class heritage), the Miffy Museum and the house of Anne Frank.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Bart Besamusca

Target group

The program is open for all those interested in literature and culture, particularly Dutch literature and Dutch culture. We welcome participants from all disciplines, although the course will focus on the humanities and social sciences. We will assign specific course work to students with (some) fluency in the Dutch language.

Course aim

This course introduces students to the past and present of Dutch efforts to cope with a globalizing world. By studying the responses of the Dutch language and culture to the international context, the program offers the participating students an incentive to reflect anew on their own culture and society in an international atmosphere.

Credits info

3 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1100: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 750: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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