Ton Anbeek van der Meyden
Professor emeritus Dutch language and literature
Contact through LUCAS Office.
I must have been about thirteen or fourteen years old, when I purchased a pocket novel (Ooievaarspocket), entitled Losse Planken (Single Planks). It was a selection of works from a literary magazine unknown to me: Podium (Podium; hence the humorous title). I was baffled by what I read. A story by Hermans, in which he spoke of the 'metabolism' of a school building; a short story by Claus, about a boy and a girl, who re-enacted a movie they've just seen. In short, I was introduced to a way of seeing and experiencing things, that was completely unfamiliar to me.
That fascination with the movement, evoked by literary texts, has been with me ever since, and I do hope that I have been able to confer some of this fascination to my students.
- Voorzitter van de Wetenschappelijke Raad van het Willem Frederik Hermans Instituut
- Redacteur Lexion van Literaire Werken