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Title
Between Heimat and world. Belgian perspectives on the success of Felix Timmermans's novel Pallieter (1916) in Germany and France
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Abstract
In 1916, Felix Timmermans unveiled his debut novel, ‘Pallieter’. This work emerged as an unequivocal bestseller, within the Dutch-speaking realm but also, thanks to translations by esteemed foreign publishers, resonating far beyond these boundaries. In this contribution, we delve into the impact of this literary work, firmly rooted in an (imagined) Flanders, on both Germany and France. Our analysis begins by shedding light on how Timmermans harnessed an image of the ‘licentious’ yet ‘devout’ Flemish populace, a construct previously propagated by francophone-Belgian literature. We further investigate how the international propagation of this image, facilitated by authors such as Maurice Maeterlinck and Emile Verhaeren, contributed to the reception of ‘Pallieter’ in France and Germany. Subsequently, we reconstruct the publication history of Timmermans’ text in both Germany and France. Our examination encompasses the translation process, the paratextual elements, the role played by publishers (Insel Verlag and Les Éditions Rieder, respectively), and the reception of the work. Our findings illuminate a stark contrast: within the German-speaking domain, the signifier ‘Belgium’ fades into obscurity in favor of a sharper focus on Flanders, whereas in the French-speaking sphere, Belgium continues to play a significant role, with heightened emphasis on ‘Pallieter's’ cosmopolitan character compared to its reception in Germany.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Perspectives : studies in translatology. - Copenhagen, 1993, currens
Publication
Copenhagen : 2023
ISSN
0907-676X [Print]
1747-6623 [Online]
DOI
10.1080/0907676X.2023.2285001
Volume/pages
(2023) , p. 1-17
ISI
001131718600001
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