Literary Cultures and Public Opinion in the Low Countries, by Jan Bloemendal, Arjan van Dixhoorn, Elsa Strietman

By Jan Bloemendal, Arjan van Dixhoorn, Elsa Strietman

Within the early smooth Low international locations, literary tradition functioned on a number of degrees at the same time: it supplied studying, excitement, and leisure whereas additionally shaping public debate. From a ditty in Dutch sung within the streets to a funeral poem in Latin composed to be learn for or by means of intimate buddies, from a play played for a prince to a comedy written for scholars literary texts and performances frequently handled hugely debatable subject matters of faith or politics, on an area or nationwide, but in addition on a supranational scale. This quantity units out to examine the position and serve as of literary tradition within the formation of early smooth public opinion, and proposes ways that a latest student may possibly process early sleek works of literature and different strains of literary tradition to discover early smooth public opinion making. The situations awarded during this quantity convey the Dutch and Latin literary cultures of the Low nations within the concentration of foreign debates at the heritage of public opinion.

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I wish to thank Dirk Coigneau, Timothy Hampton and Alan E. Knight for their useful comments on earlier versions of this text and Joseph Jay Williams for logistical support. 1 Like A Certain Rhetorician, Everaert does indeed seem to have been fond of using the news and gossip that circulated in the streets and on the squares of his hometown as material for his plays. Three of the texts in his autograph contain allegorical characters whose names and/or actions refer to the spreading of news and the commenting on the current political, social and religious situation.

81 Literary texts were of great significance in the creation of the early modern fictive public. Whether a text reflects a broadly held opinion or the opinion of one individual, as soon as that opinion is presented as a broadly held belief or consensus, that very fiction in itself helps to form opinion. 82 In the play, the trio of Spanish Council, Bloodlust and Inquisition incite Balthasar Gerards to the murder of Orange. The identification of Spain with tyranny was, of course, meant to fuel dislike of Spain.

121–22; Westerbarkey, ‘Öffentlichkeit und Nicht-Öffentlichkeit’, pp. 152–54. 64 For the early modern era see for example Wohlfeil, ‘Reformatorische Öffentlichkeit’ and Briggs and Burke, A Social History, pp. 102–04. On the importance of sociability see also (for example) Agulhon, Le cercle dans la France bourgeoise 1810–1848, pp. 7–14. 24 jan bloemendal and arjan van dixhoorn public issue can lead to a broad exchange of views, in which case it will give rise to a public debate. It is possible to discern five phases in the development of public debates.

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