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Dutch Literature



I.Purpose:
To support University teaching and research in Dutch language and literature through the doctoral level. Afrikaans and Flemish literatures are included in this statement. In addition to students in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, students and faculty in the Department of Linguistics and in the Comparative Literature program have interests in this area.

II.General Collection Guidelines:
A.Languages: Dutch is the primary language of collection. Works in Flemish and Afrikaans are acquired selectively. Critical, historical, and bibliographical works are collected in English, French, and German, as well as in the primary language. English translations of literary and critical works are purchased as available.

B.Chronological Guidelines: The earliest written Dutch documents date from the end of the 12th century. Afrikaans developed from Dutch in the 18th century.

C.Geographical Guidelines: Most Dutch materials are published in the Netherlands and Belgium; Afrikaans materials are published in the Republic of South Africa. For Dutch literature in the Caribbean area see the Benson Latin American Collection Statement.

D.Treatment of Subject: For all literature subdivisions the following forms are purchased: poetry, drama, fiction, essays, literary criticism and folk literature. Biographies of authors and histories of literature are purchased. Juvenile and popular treatments and textbooks are not purchased.

E.Types of Material: Publications of symposia and congresses are acquired. Unpublished dissertations are purchased as needed.

F.Date of Publication: Both current and retrospective works are purchased with emphasis on current publications. New editions of important works are purchased when new explanatory or critical material has been added, or when copies already in the collection become too brittle to circulate. First and rare editions are acquired only if the work is of great importance and no reprint is available.

G. Other General Considerations: For the Dutch, Flemish, and Afrikaans languages, see the Linguistics Statement.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Dutch Literature: Concentrate retrospective purchases on the period 1250-1700 PT 5001-5980 PCL C [4] Dutch Literature
Flemish Literature since 1830 PT 6000-6471 PCL B [2] Dutch Literature
Afrikaans Literature PT 6500-6592 PCL A [2] Dutch Literature


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