Willems, Jan Frans

▪ Flemish poet and philologist
born March 11, 1793, Boechout, Brabant, Austrian Netherlands [now in Belgium]
died June 24, 1846, Ghent, Belg.

      Flemish poet, playwright, essayist, “Father of the Flemish Movement,” (Flemish literature) and the most important philologist of the Dutch language of his time.

      Willems was appointed assistant city archivist of Antwerp in 1815 and registrar in 1821. During these years he wrote plays and poems in the traditional style of the rederijkers (“rhetoricians”; see rederijkerskamer) and began his work as a philologist. His two volume Verhandeling over de Nederduytsche tael- en letterkunde, opzigtelyk de zuydelyke provintien der Nederlanden (1819–24; “Treatise on Dutch Language and Literature, Especially as Regards the Southern Provinces of the Netherlands”) is a milestone in the history of literary studies in the Low Countries. Willems published a modern Dutch rendering of the 13th-century beast epic Van den vos Reinaerde (1834; “About Reynard the Fox”); this work, with its epoch-making introduction amounting to a pro-Flemish manifesto, was followed in 1836 by a scholarly edition that gave him an international audience. In 1835 he moved to Ghent, where he became active as a scholar and leader of the Flemish national and Romantic revival. He also founded the periodical Belgisch museum (1837–46), the first Flemish scholarly journal and a repository of information on medieval Flanders.

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