Rhetoric, Rhetoricians, and Poets
Marijke Spies
Rhetoric, Rhetoricians, and Poets

The Netherlandish rhetoricians of the sixteenth century have, in the course of the last decades, shed their image of third-rate poets who, lacking all sense of true beauty, were capable only of pompous verbosity and a shallow manipulation of form. The new scholarly assessment has also shed light on the role they played in the cultural and literary life of their time, and it now appears that many of their dramas are well worth staging. Once the sixteenth century was freed from the stigma of being the "preparatory phase" for the Golden Age, the way was clear for thorough studies of the literature produced during the most turbulent period in the history of the Low Countries. This volume contains essays which deal with works written not only in Dutch, but also in French and in New Latin, with topics ranging from the effects of poetic principles on literary practice to the use of poetry as a means for improving society and developing the individual. The unifying thread in these studies is the pivotal importance of rhetoric in all forms of literary expression.

Chapter 1 The Rhetoric of Ronsard’s ‘Hymne de I’Or’
Chapter 2 From Disputation to Argumentation: the French Morality Play in the Sixteenth Century
Chapter 3 Between Epic and Lyric: the Genres in J.C. Scaliger’s Poetices Libri Septem
Chapter 4 Scaliger in Holland
Chapter 5 Developments in Sixteenth-Century Dutch Poetics: from ‘Rhetoric’ to ‘Renaissance’
Chapter 6 The Amsterdam Chamber De Eglentier and the Ideals of Erasmian Humanism
Chapter 7 Rhetoric and Civic Harmony in the Dutch Republic of the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Century
Chapter 8 Helicon and Hills of Sand: Pagan Gods in Early Modern Dutch and European Poetry
Chapter 9 Amsterdam School-Orations from the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 10 Mennonites and Literature in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 11 Women and Seventeenth-Century Dutch Literature
Chapter 12 Argumentative Aspects of Rhetoric and Their Impact on the Poetry of Joost van den Vondel
List of Works published by Marijke Spies – 1973-1999
Tabula Gratulatoria
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