Lit: Pas verschenen: Bloemendal e.a., Literary cultures

Literary Cultures and Public Opinion in the Low Countries, 1450-1650

Edited by Jan Bloemendal, Arjan van Dixhoorn and Elsa Strietman

· June 2011

· ISBN 978 90 04 20616 8

· Hardback (x, 324 pp.)

· List price EUR 99.- / US$ 136.-

· Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History; 197.

In the early modern Low Countries, literary culture functioned on several levels simultaneously: it provided learning, pleasure, and entertainment while also shaping public debate. From a ditty in Dutch sung in the streets to a funeral poem in Latin composed to be read for or by intimate friends, from a play performed for a prince to a comedy written for pupils – literary texts and performances often dealt with highly controversial topics of religion or politics, on a local or national, but also on a supranational scale. This volume sets out to analyse the role and function of literary culture in the formation of early modern public opinion, and proposes ways in which a modern scholar might approach early modern works of literature and other traces of literary culture to explore early modern public opinion making. The cases presented in this volume bring the Dutch and Latin literary cultures of the Low Countries in the focus of international debates on the history of public opinion.

Readership: All those interested in the history of the Low Countries, intellectual history, early modern history and the formation of public opinion, early modern literature and the history of civil society.

Jan Bloemendal, Ph.D (1997), is Professor of Neo-Latin Studies at the University of Amsterdam and senior fellow of the Huygens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published on early modern drama, Neo-Latin poetry and poetics, and Erasmus.

Arjan van Dixhoorn, Ph.D. (2004), is postdoc of the Flemish Research Foundation at the Department of History, Ghent University, and co-ordinator of the international network Performative Literary Culture. He has published on early modern Dutch culture and the history of public opinion and civil society.

Elsa Strietman is Senior Lecturer in Dutch at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow, Tutor and Vice President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. She has published on rhetoricians’ drama.

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