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Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor

Associate Professor of Dutch and German  
808 Van Hise Hall  
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Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor completed her Ph.D. in German and Dutch literature at Cornell University in 1987. She teaches Dutch literature, culture, and language, and German when needed. Her research focuses on post-War Dutch literature and culture. She has held various offices in the American Association for Netherlandic Studies, she has received the University's distinguished teaching award, and she is an elected member of the Maatschappij der Nederlandsche Letterkunde.

Selected Publications:

  • Introduction to Secretly Inside. A Novel by Hans Warren, Translated by S. J. Leinbach. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006, 3-26.
  •  “Vertrouwdheid en vervreemding: enkele ‘Amerika’s’ in de recente Nederlandstalige literatuur.” In: Neerlandistiek de grenzen voorbij. Arie J. Gelderblom, Carel ter Haar, Guy Janssens, Marja Kristel, Jan Pekelder. Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek 2004, 387-398.
  • “Gedanken über die Repräsentation und Rezeption des Holocaust am Beispiel des Tagebuchs der Anne Frank” (transl. Christoph Weber). In: Kulturelle Repräsentationen des Holocaust in Deutschland und den Vereinigten Staaten. Klaus L. Berghahn, Jürgen Fohrmann & Helmut J. Schneider. eds. New York, NY [etc.]: Lang, 2002, p. 23-41. Listed on Anne Frank Foundation website “Web Dossier” under “Studien.”
  • A Family Occupation: Children of the War and the Memory of World War Two in Dutch Literature of the 1980s. (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1997). “Nature, Nurture and Narcissism in Two Recent Dutch ‘European’ Novels: Nelleke Noordervliet’s De naam van de vader and Tessa de Loo’s De tweeling” in Vantage Points: A Festschrift for Johan P. Snapper, eds. Blake Lee Spahr, Thomas F. Shannon. Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies 10, Lanham, New York: University Press of America, 1996, pp. 239-254.
  • “W.F. Hermans and Nooit meer slapen,” in The Low Countries: Arts and Society in Flanders and the Netherlands: A Yearbook, ed. Jozef Deleu. Published by the Flemish-Netherlands Foundation “Stichting Ons Erfdeel,” 1996, pp. 284-285.
  • “W.F. Hermans and Wittgenstein: De tranen der Acacia’s as Mediation,” Neophilologus 78,1994, pp. 21-27.
  • “Rinnes Rijke’s Niet de schuld, wel de straf as a Social Phenomenon: an Attempt to Come to Terms with a Complex Past,” in Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies XII, ii.(Fall, 1991), pp. 28-32.

Recent course topics in culture and literature include


  • "The Low Countries: A Culture of High Water"
  • “Topics in Dutch Culture: The Golden Age”
  • “Dutch Tolerance and Multiculturalism"
  • “Six Centuries of Immigration in the Low Countries” (with Robert B. Howell)


  • "Anne Frank"
  • “Colonialism & its Aftermath in Dutch Literature”
  • “The Family: Secrets in Dutch Literature” / “De hoeksteen van de samenleving” (in Dutch)
  • "Dutch Lit: WW-II - present”
  • “Travel in Dutch Literature”

Other work and interests (a selection):

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