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From political biography to political event : the Daens myth in literature and cinema

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

This article examines how Louis Paul Boon's historical novel 'Pieter Daens' (1971) and Stijn Coninx's biopic 'Daens' (1992) have contributed to the "Daens myth," in which the Belgian priest and politician Adolf Daens (1939-1907) is idealized as a self-assured hero fighting social injustice. In a second part, the article focuses on how the film 'Daens' is related to Flemish nation-building and how the political biopic became a political event itself.
ISSN: 1529-1456
Issue: 3
Volume: 41
Pages: 670 - 686
Publication year:2018