Interdisciplinariteit als participerende objectivering - Over de erkenning van de institutionele autonomie van literatuur in het recht in Nederland rond 1920 | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5829
  • E-ISSN: 2352-118X


This article takes as its point of departure the obvious heterogeneity of the present debate on interdisciplinary research. An effort to find explanatory factors for this heterogeneity is combined with a plea for interdisciplinary research based on disciplinary research questions and/or on what Bourdieu calls ‘participant objectivation’ as a mode of foregrounding the foundations of disciplines. Against this background, the second part of this article tries to give an example for interdisciplinary research on the area of law and literature in which the professional view of the juridical field on literature is analyzed from the perspective whether it can give more plausible and profound answers to questions concerning the literary field. Especially the hypothesis of the rise of a literary field in the Netherlands around 1900 is tested with regard to the recognition of a relative autonomous literary field by the field of power, in casu by jurisdiction. As a case study, the reflection of the trials 1919/1920 on the Dutch translation of the novel De hel by the French writer Henri Barbusse is analyzed with regard to the concept of institutional autonomy of literature within the legal field. That reconstruction is undertaken from different sources, among which newspaperarticles, a parliamentary debate and a juridical journal.


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