The Congo in Flemish Literature

An Anthology of Flemish Prose on the Congo, 1870s - 1990s

Edited by Luc Renders and Jeroen Dewulf and translated by Grady Tarplee and L. Dulac

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First-ever anthology of Flemish Congo prose

This book presents the first anthology of Flemish prose on the Congo, the former colony of Belgium, in English translation. Because of the Dutch language barrier, Flemish literature on the Congo has traditionally remained inaccessible to and thus neglected by international scholarship, as opposed to French or English prose on this part of the African continent. That this particular perspective has thus far remained underexposed, or even disregarded, is all the more regrettable in light of the fact that the vast majority of Belgians who went to work in the African colony came from Flanders. The Congo in Flemish Literature now represents a key step towards filling this lacuna by providing an overview of the different societal attitudes towards the colonial undertaking prevailing in Belgium during and after the colonial era, the way the relationship between Belgium and the Congo changed over time, subject to the zeitgeist and sociopolitical and economic developments, and the individual authors' varying points of view with regard to the colonisation. Flemish Congo prose offers a fascinating glimpse into Belgium’s colonial past and legacy, primarily during the colonial era, but also at the time of its violent aftermath following Congolese independence on 30 June 1960, and well into the following decades.
PART 1
THE CONGO IN FLEMISH LITERATURE 
1. Flemish Literature 
2. The Colonial Era 
3. The Postcolonial Period 
4. Conclusion 

PART 2
SELECTED EXTRACTS OF FLEMISH PROSE 
Aldemar-Camille van der Cruyssen 
A Peaceful Crusade

Cyriel Buysse 
White Depravity

Pieter Danco 
A Mini-Europe in the Tropics

Pieter de Mey 
A Giant Step for Civilization

Constant De Deken 
A Missionary with a Cause

Henri van Booven
No Place for Europeans

Henri Bossaerts 
White Injustice

Leo Bittremieux
Light in the Darkness

Ernest Tilemans 
True Interracial Love

René Poortmans 
Under the Leaden Sun

Jean Gustave Schoup 
A Tragic Fate

Adolf Verreet
Paternalistic Benevolence

Bert Nacht 
No Place like Home

Alfons Walschap
Inner Conflict

Gerard Walschap
A Humane Approach to Colonization

Jac. Bergeyck
From a Congolese Perspective

Piet van Aken
Cynical Power Struggles

Jan van den Weghe
A Plea for Cooperation

Robrecht De Sadeleer 
The Disillusionment of the Colonial

Daisy Ver Boven 
Friendship between Black and White

Jef Geeraerts 
Paradise Lost

Paul Brondeel 
The Agony of a Nobody

Lieve Joris 
In Search of the Real Congo

Marcus Leroy
Political Games

List of References

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 11 mm

192 pages

ISBN: 9789462702172

Publication: June 18, 2020

Languages: English

Stock item number: 135566

Jeroen Dewulf is Queen Beatrix professor in Dutch Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Luc Renders is professor emeritus of Hasselt University.