Lyric Address in Dutch Literature, 1250-1800

Edited by Cornelius van der Haven and Jürgen Pieters

Lyric Address in Dutch Literature, 1250-1800

Edited by Cornelius van der Haven and Jürgen Pieters

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

192 pages | 1 color plate | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789462982284 Will Publish May 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In their accessible analysis, these preeminent translations of ten canonical Dutch poems discuss each poem’s historical context, revealing its political or ideological framing, religious elements, or the self-representational interests of the poet. The book focuses on how the use of the speaker’s “I” creates distance or proximity to the social context of the time. Close, detailed analysis of rhetorical techniques, such as the use of the apostrophe, illuminates the ways in which poetry reveals tensions in society.
 
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Jonathan Culler, professor of English, Cornell University
“A very interesting and revealing project. It not only takes up the question of lyric address as a central and often neglected topic in the study of lyric, but it also looks at a range of Dutch poems from some five centuries. For a foreigner it offers very impressive, very readable English translations of fascinating Dutch lyrics from the 13th-18th centuries.”
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