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Open Access 15 Occasional Writer, Sensational Writer: Multatuli as a Sentimental Benevolence Writer in the 1860s

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15 Occasional Writer, Sensational Writer: Multatuli as a Sentimental Benevolence Writer in the 1860s

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In 2007, Darren C. Zook published a surprising article about Multatuli's Max Havelaar. This chapter focuses on one of the least known works by Multatuli, the pamphlet Show me the place where I sowed This novella, published to benefit the people stricken by a flood in the Dutch East Indies in 1861, is perhaps the most "sentimental" of the author's books. It can only be understood properly when placed in the context of the forgotten tradition of Dutch benevolence literature. The chapter gives a rough sketch of benevolence literature as it functioned in the 1860s, and of its political significance. It then analyzes Show me the place against the backdrop of this tradition. The front cover of Show me the place where I sowed explicitly mentions that this is a benevolence book: "Published for the benefit of the people destitute after the flood in the Dutch East Indies".

Keywords: Darren C. Zook; Dutch East Indies; Multatuli's Max Havelaar



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