Hugo Claus's position as poet-painter in Flemish/Dutch experimentalism (1947-1955).


University of Antwerp

This doctoral thesis will examine the correspondence between Hugo Claus's literary and plastic oeuvre and the evolution of the experimental poetry and art in Flanders and the Netherlands during the period 1947-1955. The study consists of two parts. In the first, poetical part Claus's conceptions of literature and art will be confronted with the ideas of the poets and painters belonging to the Cobra-movement, the so-called 'Vijftigers' and the contributors to the periodical Tijd en Mens. This part of the research starts with an analysis of Kleine reeks (1947), the poetry debut of Claus that still hesitates between tradition and innovation. It moves via De Metsiers (1951), the prose debut of Claus and the catalyst for his choice between a career as a painter and a career as a writer towards the analysis of De Oostakkerse gedichten (1955) and Paal en Perk (1955), the latter being a product of the collaboration between Hugo Claus and Corneille. In the second, biographical part of this doctoral thesis the author's acquaintance with the - Dutch - experimental artists and the ways in which they collaborated, ' will be examined. The key figures of this section will include Karel Appel (1921) and Corneille (1922), with whom Claus collaborated between 1947 and 1955 for De blijde en onvoorziene week (1950), Cinq lithographies en couleurs (1954) [Appel], Over het werk van Corneille. Gevolgd door een gedicht (1951) en Paal en Perk (1955) [Corneille].

1 feb 2003 → 31 jan 2009
Discipline codes:
    • Philology
      • Dialectology
      • Dutch language and literature
    • History and arts
      • Painting