Fugitive Dreams: An Anthology of Dutch Colonial Literature

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E. M. Beekman
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1988 - Literary Collections - 323 pages
In the seventeenth century, Dutch seafarers brought back reports of journeys to the East Indies, a realm of more than 3,000 islands that for over three centuries would be under Dutch rule. The twelve-volume Library of the Indies presents in English translation, with critical introductions and notes, a substantial body of the literature that arose from the Dutch encounter with the tropical Indies. Fugitive Dreams is the final volume in the Library of the Indies. It presents a selection of creative and critical writings by eight authors who span the Dutch colonial presence in Indonesia, ranging around 1600 to the beginning of the Second World War. The authors are Willem Bontekoe, Alexander Coen, Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, Kartini, Herman Neubroner van der Turk, Francois Valentijn, Bas Veth, and Willem Walraven. The translated texts are accompanied by essays by E.M. Beekman on such topics as Holland's maritime history, seventeenth-century intellectual life, the life of the ordinary foot soldier in the colonial army, the first Javanese advocate of women's rights, and the beauty of the tropics.

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Willem Bontekoe
François Valentijn
Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn
Herman Neubronner van der Tuuk
Bas Veth
Alexander Cohen
Willem Walraven

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Page 15 - ... sixteen-twenties ; and many of the spice-producing islands — Amboina, Ternate, the Banda Islands — were brought under direct Dutch control, either by outright conquest or by foreclosure on trading debts. The naval aggressiveness and commercial enterprise of the Dutch in the seventeenth century worked a major revolution in the trade system of the Indian Ocean and adjacent waters. A great volume of trade deserted the northern half of the ocean for the southern. The Red Sea and the Persian Gulf...

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E. M. Beekman is a noted scholar and translator of Dutch colonial literature. Recent works include his highly acclaimed translation of the seventeen-century Dutch naturalist Rumphius' Ambonese Curiosity Cabinet. Beekman has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his continuing translation of Rumphius' writings.

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