‘Wie zich voor “marxist” uitgeeft’ | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-5829
  • E-ISSN: 2352-118X



This paper compares two Marxist biographical monographs on Dutch 19th century writer Multatuli, by J. Saks and F.W. Driessen, and interprets the differences between their respective approaches in relation to conflicting tendencies within Marxism. Whereas the former adheres to an objectivist (or determinist) strand in Marxist cultural analysis, the latter implicitly relies on a Lukácsian conception of realism and a subjectivist plea for political commitment. In examining these studies and comparing them to Dik van der Meulen’s authoritative biography of Multatuli this article aims to reflect on both Multatuli’s afterlife in the Dutch socialist movement and the relationship between Marxist literary analysis and the biographical approach to literary studies.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): biography; Marxism; Multatuli
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