UCL Festival of Culture: The Book that Killed Colonialism

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Max Havelaar, the greatest Dutch novel

This free talk by Reinier Salverda (UCL Dutch) explores perhaps the greatest Dutch novel of all, Max Havelaar (1860), a dazzling work in which its author, Multatuli, takes on Dutch colonialism on Java, in what is today Indonesia.  

Still relevant to literature, history and politics Max Havelaar is the emblem of the Dutch Fair Trade Movement, and its latest English translation has recently been published by the New York Review of Books in its Classics Originals series.

You can also see original books by and about Multatuli from the Dutch Collection of the British Library. These show-and-tell sessions with Curator of Dutch Collections Marja Kingma take place at 11.00 – 11.45 and 13.00 – 13.45. Spaces for these sessions are limited, and will be available on a first come first served basis. 

UCL houses the oldest centre for Dutch Studies (neerlandistiek) in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1919, it is also home to one of the largest Dutch libraries outside of the Low Countries. Today UCL Dutch, part of the UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS), offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in the heart of London, and is a leading centre of excellence in both teaching and research in the field of Dutch language and culture in the Low Countries and worldwide.

Part of UCL Festival of Culture, a five-day-long festival of talks, workshops and exhibitions, showcasing the world-class research being carried out by UCL staff and students from across the arts, social sciences and education.


Name: UCL Festival of Culture: The Book that Killed Colonialism
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546