Wat Geertje overkwam en wat Marijtje d'er van docht. Literatuur als propagandamiddel van de Vereeniging voor Vrouwenkiesrecht.
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SourceDe Moderne Tijd, 1, 3/4, (2017), pp. 321-344
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De Moderne Tijd
SubjectEurope in a Changing World; Studying Criticism And Reception Across Borders
On October 7th 1908, the board of the Vereeniging voor Vrouwenkiesrecht (VvVK) invited the Dutch writer Johan de Meester (1860-1931) to one of their propaganda meetings where he presented fragments from his novel Geertje (1905). It is a remarkable fact that (non-political) literature was used for political purposes, but not uncommon: the VvVK was known to use literature as propaganda. In this article I will show that the VvVK adopted different strategies for literary propaganda: they used existing authoritative literature, but they also wrote texts themselves. Different types of texts were deployed for this purpose, such as authoritarian fiction with a certain degree of redundancy.
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