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22. The Written Icon: Images Of God In Modern Dutch Literature

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The representations of God and the divine, produced by artists and writers, can more than often be interpreted as projections, resembling the inner self. This chapter deals with texts of three well known twentieth-century Dutch authors Gerard Reve, Hans Faverey and Rutger Kopland. In prose and poetry these authors deliberately constructed alternative and even confronting images of God. In doing this, they were not only aware of the fact that these images were rooted in their own projections, but they also tried, in a poetical way, to discuss the nature of these projections. The chapter first focuses on Gerard Reve and then on Faverey and Kopland. It also presents a few personal reflections on the problem of constructing images of the divine, trying to create a context for understanding a considerable number of modern poets as mystics in their own right.

Keywords: Dutch literature; Gerard Reve; God; Hans Faverey; Rutger Kopland



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