A Dutch Republican Baroque

Theatricality, Dramatization, Moment and Event

Frans-Willem Korsten

A Dutch Republican Baroque

Frans-Willem Korsten

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

228 pages | 16 color plates | 6 x 9
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9789462982123 Will Publish December 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In the Dutch Republic in the Baroque era, two aesthetic formal modes, theater and drama, were dynamically related to two political concepts, event and moment. The Dutch version of the Baroque is characterized by a fascination with this world regarded as one possibility out of a plurality of potential worlds. It is this fascination that explains the coincidence in the Dutch Republic, strange at first sight, of Baroque exuberance, irregularity, paradox, and vertigo with scientific rigor, regularity, mathematical logic, and rational distance. In giving a new historical perspective on the Baroque as a specifically Dutch republican one, this study also offers a new and systematic approach to the interactions among the notions of theatricality, dramatization, moment, and event.
 
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