Photographer: Jeroen Jansen

dr. J. (Jeroen) Jansen


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Letterkunde
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Room number: 453
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • J.Jansen@uva.nl
    T: 0205254604
    T: 0205253391
  • Director Dutch Studies of the College of Humanities
  • Assistant Professor of Dutch literature

 

Academic profile

Jeroen Jansen specializes in the impact of humanism and the revival of learning in Renaissance Netherlands, rhetoric, textual and literary criticism, argumentation and style. My current research interests seek all kinds of strategies, as seen from historical pragmatics, speech act theory, the grammar of Dutch, rhetoric, causation and framing theory. Previous projects include Dutch and European literature, rhetoric, literary criticism and style. My major publications include Brevitas (1995), Decorum (2001) and Imitatio (2008).

Contact: j.jansen@uva.nl

 

Research focus

  • The impact of humanism and the revival of learning in Renaissance Netherlands
  • Rhetoric, textual and literary criticism
  • Argumentation and style
  • Strategies, as seen from historical pragmatics, speech act theory,
  • The grammar of Dutch
  • Causation
  • Framing theory

 

Current projects

  • Causality in Dutch historiographic texts in the Early Modern period
  • Pretextual Strategies. The Rhetoric of Ethos, Literary Authority and (Con)Textual Identity in Renaissance Preliminary Texts. 
  • Cultural memory, rhetoric and literary discourse
  • Bredero, Spanish Brabanter. TiC edition

 

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Career

2014-present

Programme director BA Dutch Studies (Opleidingsdirecteur BA Neerlandistiek).

Research: causality in Dutch historiographic texts in the Early Modern period

 

2010- present

Master's coordinator of the Research Master Dutch Golden Age Studies,  coordinator of the Master Gouden Eeuw and Minor Gouden Eeuw.

Research: Cultural memory, rhetoric and literary discourse

 

2006-present   

Lecturer / Assistant Professor in Dutch literature
Department of Dutch, University of Amsterdam

Reseach: Pretextual Strategies. The Rhetoric of Ethos, Literary Authority and (Con)Textual Identity in Renaissance Preliminary Texts

 

2001-2006        

VIDI, NWO, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Department of Dutch, University of Amsterdam

Research: Imitation: between Plagiarism and Originality. The Scope and Boundaries  of Textual Imitation (imitatio auctorum) in European Literature from c. 1500 to c. 1700: Italy, France, Netherlands

 

1997-2001

Research Fellow KNAW, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Department of Dutch, University of Amsterdam

Research: Decorum. Observation on literary propriety in Renaissance poetics

 

1995-1997

VENI, NWO, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Department of Dutch, University of Amsterdam

Research:Stylistic ideas in Dutch literature between 1600 and 1670, especially concerning perspicuity

 

1987-1988

Assistant researcher
Department of Dutch, University of Amsterdam

 

Academic Training

 

1988-1992

Faculty of Arts, University of Amsterdam.
PhD: April, 24, 1995
Thesis: Brevitas. Opinions on formal and stylistic brevity in the Renaissance

 

1984-1987

Classics, Faculty of Arts, University of Amsterdam

 

1981-1987

Dutch literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Amsterdam
MA: May, 1987
Thesis: Aulularia - Warenar, adaptation contrasted

Research interests

 

My research interests include the phenomenon of strategy (strategic positioning, strategic acting, author’s strategies, etc.), on the basis of insights from classical rhetoric to modern argumentation theory, from classical `ethos’ to framing, negotiation tactics, and strategic maneuvering. In the analysis of historical texts I integrate recent developments from historical linguistics, pragmatics and argumentation theory.

 

Joost van den Vondel

Vondel's `Aenleidinge ter Nederduytsche dichtkunste'

A recently published article concerns the issue of polyphony and dialogisms in a rather interesting prose text by Joost van den Vondel, as it is written by this famous poet and one of the scarce examples of Dutch literary criticism of the mid seventeenth century. This text is the preface to Vondel's edition of Poetry (1650), with the title:  `Aenleidinge ter Nederduytsche dichtkunste' (Introduction to Dutch poetry).

 

Summary

The 'Aenleidinge ter Nederduitsche dichtkunste' by Joost van den Vondel is a prose introduction to a new edition of his Poëzy (1650), in which Vondel writes down advices for the way arriving poets can qualify themselves in poetry. These recommendations vary from basic conditions (having talent) up to a number of advices for advanced, talented poets (e.g. how to imitate). Studies from the seventies of the last century by S.F. Witstein, E.K. Grootes and L. Strengholt have emphasized the didactic character of the text and the fact that it is modelled to Horace's Ars poetica . The structure of the 'Aenleidinge' is central to these analyses, all of which reached a different classification, anyway. My analysis aims at polyphony and dialogism, in particular at finding and constructing dialogues. Certain elements encourage such a way of reading. The conditional subordinate clause, the use of modal adverbs, the negation, and the change between a 'hij' (he, the poet) and a 'gij' (you, a person addressed) indicate polyphony to which shreds of 'single lessons' resound. In all these cases dialogues can be (re)constructed. The analysis on underlying 'voices' allows infinite (general) interpretations, but can also indicate certain cases in a finite (concrete) way. Concerning this last point I have found additional material in the nature of the text and in the context. I consider the `Aenleidinge' not particularly as a poetics in which Vondel displays his erudition and tries to imitate or vie with Horace, but rather as the reproduction of cases from Vondel's own practice in his confrontation with arriving poets, who let him read their work and asked him to comment on it. The 'Aenleidinge' then may have been for Vondel also a medium to slightly diminish the number of poets who came to his house for consultation. That his comment is impregnated of Horacian conceptions seems logic given the predominating position of this traditional authority in seventeenth-century poetics.

A quite old article of mine is `The Aulularia edition which served as basis for the Warenar', published in 1994. It  examines the question which edition of the Aulularia of Plautus P.C. Hooft used when he adapted this Latin play to the Dutch comedy Warenar (1617). The method followed consists in an analysis of (1) manuscripts and (2) printed editions of the comedies of Plautus from the editio princeps (1472) to 1617. By selecting relevant passages in the Aulularia and comparing these in all Aulularia recensions with the Warenar, a process of elimination leads to the edition which probably served as the model.

How has Bredero being an `illiterate' writer coped with Antiquity?

 ‘Gerbrand Bredero's handling of Antiquity. Transfer of classical knowledge into seventeenth century vernacular culture'. In: Bettina Noak (eds.). Wissenstransfer und Auctoritas in der frühneuzeitlichen niederländischsprachigen Literatur. Reihe Berliner Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung. Göttingen; V & R – unipress, 2014,  211-226.

War narrative and emotions in a play about the siege of Leiden

‟People killin' people dyin'

Children hurt and you hear them cryin'

Can you practice what you preach?

Would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us

Send us some guidance from above..."

 

In the Ghedenck-boeck (1606) Jacob Duym presents events from the Dutch Revolt as stage plays to argue that a fair war was better than a fake peace. Six plays show examples of the treache­rous Spanish enemy and the brave and fearless actions of the Dutch. Some of these plays, such as the one about the siege and relief of Leiden in 1574, stage lower-class characters. This contribution will investigate the role of lower-class cha­racters in this play as manipulations of the reader’s cogniti­ve frame by way of framing. Lower-class figures evoke a complex analogy with the reader that emphasises difference as well as similarity, and in any case empathy and responsibility. Reasoning devices invite the public to read a word or a message within a narra­tive account of a specific issue that has a causal interpreta­tion, an evaluation and a soluti­on. Moreover, the application of lower-class characters enables Duym to move over from ideas about general themes to the particu­lar and the other way around, alternating thema­tic and episodic framing.

New article in a new periodical about Jacob Duym's argumentative approch in his Ghedenck-boeck (1606)

 

‘That is where God comes in. Jacob Duym's Ghedenck-boeck (1606) as argumentati­ve discourse’, in: Arte Nuevo. Revista de Estudios áureos 1 (2014), 40-63

(push the right-angled image of the periodical in the left )

Remembering heroism. Mythology and history in Jacob Duym's Nassausche Perseus (1606)

 

 

In Nassausche Perseus (1606) Jacob Duym uses the Ovidian myth of Perseus to illustrate historical progress in the period between the arrival and departure (1567-1573) of the Duke of Alba in and from the Netherlands. The text interferes between two worlds, as the play tells the story of the myth and highlights actual historical events of the Revolt in between. The poet, being one of the characters in this play, steers the understanding by addressing a prologue and epilogue, and by explaining the allegory a few times in between. This article gives an analysis of the special way in which the text creates a dynamic process between past and present, between fiction and reality. It is shown how the myth, as a narrative strategy, has been exploited as to actualize history, in order to persuade the readers to think in a direction desired by the author.

Article in Dutch.  `Heldendom in herinnering. Mythologie en geschiedenis in Jacob Duyms Nassausche Perseus’, in: Spiegel der Letteren 56.2 (2014), p. 155-181.

Pfd below

G.J. Vossius on imitation

In 2012 my review article was published concerning the edition of Vossius's Poetics  (Jan Bloemendal, Eds.), in: Nieuwsbrief Neolatinistenverband , no 25 (sept. 2012).

Imitatio

Research project: Pretextual Strategies. The Rhetoric of Ethos, Literary Authority and (Con)Textual Identity in Renaissance Preliminary Texts .

Gerbrand Adriaensz. Bredero (1585-1618)

The prose of Bredero. Preliminary strategies

Francesco Badens

Strategic maneuvering as an epistolary strategy, anno 1610

`Strategic maneuvering as an epistolary strategy, anno 1610’, In: Journal of Argumentation in Context 1:3.2012. (pp. 267–290) [you will find a link to the article below]

 

Summary: Around 1610 the Dutch author Gerbrand Bredero wrote a letter to his painting teacher Francesco Badens, asking for the loan of a painting to make a copy of it. The act of writing (a letter) asks for a proactive role in managing the reader(s)’ reactions. Although at first sight the letter may look like no more than a simple, insignificant and most of all polite piece of correspondence, it is argued that, from the viewpoint of strategic maneuvering, Bredero’s approach may be considered as a well-thought-out and potentially effective strategy, contributing to pinning Badens to a promise. An analysis from the perspective of argumentation theory allows us a better understanding of certain characteristics in this letter. Bredero’s choice from the ‘topical potential’ especially finds expression in proleptic formulated objections of the addressee to fulfilling his promise. Starting the letter from the seemingly low power situation of a pupil asking his master to do something, in every stage of the communication Bredero is aiming at a reasonable balance and turning this balance to his own advantage at the same time.

 

Keywords: proleptic argumentation, pragma-dialectical theory, felicity conditions, request, strategic maneuvering

Gerbrand Bredero wants to borrow a painting. Proleptic negotiation    

In: Journal of Dutch Literature 4.1 (2013), p. 62-87.

Abstract

In a letter to Badens, his painting teacher, Gerbrand Bredero asks for the loan of a painting to make a copy of it. The act of writing (a letter) requires a proactive role in managing the reader’s reactions. In what at first sight may look like a simple, insignificant and most of all polite letter, it is argued that, from the viewpoint of argumentation theory, negotiation and bargaining tactics, this politeness may be considered as a carefully devised and potentially effective strategy, contributing to keep Badens to a promise already made, and to remove any possible objections from the latter in fulfilling his promise. Whilst starting the letter from the relatively powerless situation of a pupil asking his master to act, by showing a mutual interest and by applying anticipated argumentation and negotiation, Bredero seeks a reasonable balance which he simultaneously turns to his own advantage.

Creating disagreement by self-abasement

Creating disagreement by self-abasement. Apologizing as a means of confrontational strategic maneuvering, in: B.J. Garssen e.a. (eds.), Proceedings of the 8 th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation. Amsterdam: Sic Sat, 2015, p. 639-647

ABSTRACT: The analysis of the different stages in a preface to a stage play (1617) by Gerbrand Bredero makes clear that antitheses, exaggerated modesty and self-humiliation may be used as strategic tools in the confrontation stage. The disagreement between protagonist and the primary audience has been created in the confrontation stage by polarizing the parties' attitude towards each other.

English translation of Bredero's preface included.

G.A. Bredero, `Preface' (December 1616) to: G.A. Bredero, Moortje, Waar in hy Terentii Eunuchum heeft Nae-ghevolght. Amsterdam: Paulus van Ravesteyn, 1617

2017

  • Jansen, J. (2017). Staging Dutch history. Linking past, present and future. Journal of Dutch Literature, 8(2), 47-66.
  • Jansen, J. (2017). 'Sincere Simplicity': Gerbrand Bredero’s Apprenticeship with Coornhert and Spiegel. Dutch Crossing, 41(1), 4-20. DOI: 10.1080/03096564.2016.1143286  [details] 

2014

  • Jansen, J. (2014). Creating disagreement by self-abasement: Apologizing as a means of confrontational strategic maneuvering. In B. J. Garssen, D. Godden, G. Mitchell, & F. Snoeck Henkemans (Eds.), International Society for the Study of Argumentation: 8th International Conference on Argumentation: July 1-July 4, 2014, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (pp. 639-647). Amsterdam: Sic Sat. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2014). Gerbrand Bredero's handling of Antiquity: transfer of classical knowledge into seventeenth century vernacular culture. In B. Noak (Ed.), Wissenstransfer und Auctoritas in der frühneuzeitlichen niederländischsprachigen Literatur (pp. 211-226). (Berliner Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung; No. 19). Göttingen: V&R unipress. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2014). Heldendom in herinnering: mythologie en geschiedenis in Jacob Duyms Nassausche Perseus. Spiegel der Letteren, 56(2), 155-181. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2014). That is where God comes in: Jacob Duym's Ghedenck-boeck (1606) as argumentative discourse. Arte Nuevo, 1, 40-63. [details] 

2013

2012

2010

  • Jansen, J. (2010). Bredero onder de wijzen: geleende geleerdheid in de brief (1611) aan Carel Quina. Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde, 126(4), 347-372. [details] 

2016

  • Jansen, J. (Author). (2016). Gerbrand Adriaenszoon Bredero: Amsterdammer. Web publication/site, Het schrijverskabinet: het Panpoëticon Batavûm digitaal: . [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (Author). (2016). Ludolph Smids: vlijtig verzamelaar. Web publication/site, Het schrijverskabinet: het Panpoëticon Batavûm digitaal: . [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (Author). (2016). Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft: literaire geschiedschrijver. Web publication/site, Het schrijverskabinet: het Panpoëticon Batavûm digitaal: . [details] 

2015

  • Jansen, J. (2015). De Amsterdamse schouwburg (zeventiende eeuw -heden). In J. Jansen, & N. Laan (Eds.), Van hof tot overheid: geschiedenis van literaire instituties in Nederland en Vlaanderen (pp. 115-140). Hilversum: Verloren. [details] 
  • Jansen, J., & Laan, N. (2015). Inleiding. In J. Jansen, & N. Laan (Eds.), Van hof tot overheid: geschiedenis van literaire instituties in Nederland en Vlaanderen (pp. 7-20). Hilversum: Verloren. [details] 

2012

  • Jansen, J. (2012). G.J. Vossius on imitation: reading the new edition of Vossius's Poetics [Review of: J. Bloemendal, E. Rabbie (2010) Gerardus Joannes Vossius. Poeticarum institutionum libri tres = Institutes of poetics in three books]. Nieuwsbrief Neolatinistenverband, 25, 21-38. [details] 

2011

  • Jansen, J. (2011). G.A. Bredero. Proza: uitgegeven, vertaald en toegelicht. Hilversum: Verloren. [details] 

2010

  • Jansen, J. (2010). [Bespreking van: C. Meier, et al. (2008) Akteure und Aktionen: Figuren und Handlungstypen im Drama der Frühen Neuzeit]. Zeventiende Eeuw, 26(2), 220-221. [details] 

2009

  • Jansen, J. (2009). Vondels 'Aenleidinge': polyfonie en dialogisme. Neerlandistiek.nl, 09.02. [details] 

2008

  • Brinkman, H., Jansen, J., & Mathijsen, M. (2008). Helden bestaan! In H. Brinkman, J. Jansen, & M. Mathijsen (Eds.), Helden bestaan! Opstellen voor Herman Pleij bij zijn afscheid als hoogleraar Historische Nederlandse Letterkunde aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam (pp. 9-11). Amsterdam: Bert Bakker. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2008). Imitatio: literaire navolging (imitatio auctorum) in de Europese letterkunde van de renaissance (1500-1700). Hilversum: Verloren. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2008). Consolation. In H. Brinkman, J. Jansen, & M. Mathijsen (Eds.), Helden bestaan! Opstellen voor Herman Pleij bij zijn afscheid als hoogleraar Historische Nederlandse Letterkunde aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam (pp. 300-303). Amsterdam: Bert Bakker. [details] 

2007

  • Jansen, J. (2007). 'Hoe de dichtkunst kan worden geprezen. Een bijdrage van Quintilianus aan Hoofts Reden vande Waerdicheit der Poesie?'. In K. Korevaart, H. Jansen, & J. de Jong (Eds.), Het woud van de retorica. Bundel voor Antoine Braet bij zijn afscheid van de Opleiding Nederlandse taal en cultuur van de Universiteit Leiden (pp. 101-112). (SNL-reeks; No. 17). Leiden. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2007). 'P.C. Hooft, lecteur et imitateur de Montaigne'. In P. J. Smith, & A. E. Enenkel (Eds.), Montaigne and the Low Countries (1580-1700) (pp. 173-185). (Intersections. Yearbook for Early Modern Studies; No. 8). Leiden / Boston: Brill. [details] 

2006

  • Jansen, J. (2006). 'Het genoegen is al het goede. Hoofts visie op genot in de "Reden vande Waerdicheit der Poesie" (ca. 1614): filosofie of rhetorica?'. LIAS. Sources and Documents relating to the Early History of Ideas, 32(2), 222-268. [details] 

2017

  • Jansen, J., & Postma, S. (2017). G.A. Bredero, Spaanse Brabander: Immigratie, armoede en bedrog in de Gouden Eeuw: Docentenhandleiding : uitwerking van de opdrachen, opdrachen zonder antwoorden. (Tekst in context; Vol. 13). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 
  • Jansen, J., Postma, S., & de Vos, M. (2017). G.A. Bredero, Spaanse Brabander : immigratie, armoede en bedrog in de Gouden Eeuw: Naar Gerbrand Adriaensz. Bredero, Spaanschen Brabander. (Tekst in context; Vol. 13). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 

2010

  • Jansen, J. (2010). [Bespreking van: G.G. Hellinga (2006) Zeehelden uit de Gouden Eeuw]. Zeventiende Eeuw, 26/1, 118. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2010). [Bespreking van: L. Koelmans (2007) Michiel de Ruyter in eigen woorden]. Zeventiende Eeuw, 26(1), 123. [details] 

2009

  • Jansen, J. (2009). [Review of: J.H.W. Wagemans (2009) Redelijkheid en overredingskracht van argumentatie: een historisch-filosofische studie over de combinatie van het dialectische en het retorische perspectief op argumentatie]. Nieuwsbrief ISHR-BENELUX, 2009/2, 10. [details] 

2008

  • Jansen, J. (2008). Gesprekscultuur in praatjespamfletten [Review of: C. Dingemanse (2008) Rap van tong, scherp van pen : literaire discussiecultuur in Nederlandse praatjespamfletten (circa 1600-1750)]. Nieuwsbrief ISHR-BENELUX, 2008(2). [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2008). In margine: overvloed en onbehagen [Review of: K. Porteman, M.B. Smits-Veldt (2008) Een nieuw vaderland voor de muzen: geschiedenis van de Nederlandse literatuur 1560-1700]. Spiegel der Letteren, 50(3), 349-358. DOI: 10.2143/SDL.50.3.2033478  [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2008). Praatjes in de zeventiende eeuw [Review of: C. Dingemanse (2008) Rap van tong, scherp van pen: literaire discussiecultuur in Nederlandse praatjespamfletten (circa 1600-1750)]. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 121(4), 483-484. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2008). [Review of: A. Frank-van Westrienen (2007) Het schoolschrift van Pieter Teding van Berkhout: vergezicht op gymnasiaal onderwijs in de zeventiende-eeuwse Nederlanden]. Neder-L: elektronisch tijdschrift voor de neerlandistiek, 0806.36. [details] 
  • Jansen, J. (2008). [Review of: A. Frank-van Westrienen (2007) Het schoolschrift van Pieter Teding van Berkhout: vergezicht op gymnasiaal onderwijs in de zeventiende-eeuwse Nederlanden]. Nieuwsbrief ISHR-BENELUX, 2008(2). [details] 

2007

  • Jansen, J. (2007). [Review of: E. Chayes. L'éloquence des pierres précieuses. Lapidaires du XVIe siècle. De Marbode de Rennes à Alard d'Amsterdam et Remy Belleau]. Nieuwsbrief ISHR-BENELUX, 2007(1). [details] 

2016

  • Jansen, J., & van Gemert, E. M. P. (2016). Het werkveld tussen academische lesstof en populariserend product: Cursus: `Historische letterkunde vandaag' .

Talk / presentation

  • Jansen, Jeroen (speaker) (29-11-2016): Het werkveld centraal, Eerste onderwijsconferentie, Amsterdam.

Others

  • Jansen, Jeroen (participant) (29-11-2016): Eerste onderwijsconferentie (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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