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Between Stereotypes and Stories

Written by Anna P.H. Geurts

Published on: 8 December 2021

Known by its fantastical stories and magical forest, the Efteling is loved by many children and adults in the Netherlands. In fact, the Efteling, built in 1952, was the first amusement park to be built in the Netherlands. This makes it one of the best places to find older stories.

In this article, Anna Geurts looks at the amusement park, not only as a vistor, but also as a historian. What stories will Anna Geerts unveil? And are these stories all innocent ones? In this article, the attractions at the amusement park Efteling will be taken under a decolonial lens.


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