UCL European Institute


CLCS Annual Lecture by Professor Frans-Willem Korsten  

11 January 2018, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm


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Join the Centre for Low Country Studies for their Annual Lecture, during which Frans-Willem Korsten (Leiden) will present his new book, A Dutch Republican Baroque.
Thursday, 11 January, 6:00-7:30pm

Thursday 11 January 2018, 6:00-7:30pm

Haldane Room
Wilkins Building
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT


At the annual lecture of the UCL Centre for Low Country Studies, Frans-Willem Korsten will present his latest book, A Dutch Republican Baroque: Theatricality, Dramatization, Moment and Event (2017). He will discuss how two aesthetic formal modes, theatre and drama, were dynamically related to two political concepts, event and moment. This will lead to a new historical perspective on the Baroque as a specifically Dutch republican one, while at the same time demonstrating the relevance of analysing early modern literature by means of 20th century philosophy.

Frans-Willem Korsten is a professor of literary studies at Leiden University. His research most strongly focuses on early modern Dutch literature, politics and history. He is well-known for his wide-ranging - both in terms of literary theory and literary history - introduction to literary studies, Lessons in Literature, and for his work on the theme of sovereignty in plays by the seventeenth century, baroque playwright Joost van den Vondel, Sovereignty as inviolability.