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Spring 2017-2018
ENG 532   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Early 17th Century - Cultural Mobility Across Europe: Netherlands as a Cultural Crossroad

Jan Bloemendal

We explore the transnational culture of the Dutch Republic, and pose the question of how a small, newly founded & badly governed state could play such an important role in European 17th C. culture. It takes account of the recent international revival of interest in the Netherlands & its global impact, exploring the Republic's international context in order to broaden understanding of early modern literature or culture in single vernaculars, and to encourage comparative analysis between, e.g. literary studies, history music, religion, and Neo-Latin studies. From across Europe people came to the Netherlands, which were hugely influential.

Sample reading list:
Desiderius Erasmus, Praise of Folly
Dirck Volckertsz Coornhert, Synod on the Freedom of Conscience
Joost van den Vondel, Lucifer
Anna Maria van Schurman, Whether a Christian Woman Should Be Educated
Gerardus Johannes Vossius, Institutes of Poetics
Benedictus de Spinoza, Ethics
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 60%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
From across Europe students came to its universities; painters came to learn their art; men and women of letters were inspired by its literary production; its education, law, theology and philosophy were hugely influential; exiles from many places facilitated cultural exchange; drama was imported and exported. We map this phenomenon and ask why the Netherlands could play such an important role in Europe and beyond.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42949 S01 09:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   McCosh Hall   B14   Enrolled:5 Limit:12