Cees Nooteboom to Be Granted Honorary Doctorate by University College London
© Simone Sassen
© Simone Sassen © Simone Sassen

Cees Nooteboom to Be Granted Honorary Doctorate by University College London

Over the past years Cees Nooteboom was awarded honorary doctorates at universities in Brussels, Nijmegen and Berlin. On 3 September the Dutch poet, novelist and travel writer will be granted another one at the University College London (UCL).

Work of Cees Nooteboom has been translated into over thirty languages. In the Anglophone world he first rose to prominence as a writer of both playful and erudite novels such as Rituals (1980) and In the Dutch Mountains (1984) and has since been an important literary voice in today’s global literature. His resolute, critical Europeanism is especially significant at the present time.

Nooteboom’s work has been enjoyed by many English-speaking students, not only of Dutch literature, but of comparative literature and translation studies too. Their world is not unlike that of the narrator of In the Dutch Mountains. “What else do I read? Diaries, letters and, best of all, dictionaries. For let us be honest: without the intervention of any thinking agent, language itself is still the greatest communicator.”

On Tuesday 3 September, Professor Jane Fenoulhet, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Dutch UCL, and author of Nomadic Literature: Cees Nooteboom and his Writing (Peter Lang, 2013), will interview the author about his work, followed by a book signing and wine reception.

The event at UCL is free but registration is required.

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