Joost Van Den Vondel (1587-1679): Dutch Playwright in the by Jan Bloemandal, Frans-willem Korsten

By Jan Bloemandal, Frans-willem Korsten

Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679) used to be the main prolific poet and playwright of his age. in the course of his lengthy existence, approximately coincinding with the Dutch Golden Age, he wrote over thirty tragedies. He used to be a well-known determine in political and inventive circles of Amsterdam, a modern and acquaintance of Grotius and Rembrandt, and mostly good familiar with Latin humanists, Dutch students, authors and Amsterdam burgomasters. He fuelled literary, non secular and political debates. His tragedy 'Gysbreght van Aemstel', which was once performed at the celebration of the hole of the stone urban theatre in 1638, was once to develop into the main recognized play in Dutch historical past, and will most likely boast retaining the checklist for the longest culture of annual functionality in Europe. regularly, Vondels texts are literary works within the complete experience of the note, complicated and inexhaustive; attracting realization through the centuries. individuals contain: Eddy Grootes, Riet Schenkeveld-van der Dussen, Mieke B. Smits-Veldt, Marijke Spies, Judith Pollmann, Bettina Noak, Louis Peter Grijp, Guillaume van Gemert, J??rgen Pieters, Nina Geerdink, Madeleine Kasten, Marco Prandoni, Peter Eversmann, Mieke Bal, Maaike Bleeker, Bennett chippie, James A. Parente, Jr., Stefan van der Lecq, Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen, Helmer Helmers, Kristine Steenbergh, Yasco Horsman, Jeanne Gaakeer and Wiep van Bunge

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Busiris indeed sacrificed people, but did so with a reason and limited himself to foreigners. His sacrifices were ordained by an oracle, to be sure. But that oracle told him to fend off famine by sacrificing others. The issue of sacrificing others is of interest. Still, if Vondel can introduce Tantalus explicitly, why would he not mention Busiris by name as well? It makes more sense to consider the description of this African in the Western tradition of racial stereotyping. In fact we see Vondel working on the installation of that tradition, whilst complicating it as well.

This distribution of power goes against what in the preface Vondel calls natural law (according to which the eldest born is entitled to succeed to the throne) and defines the power struggle that the play explores. This power struggle develops in relation to two female characters: Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon, and Abishag, the latest wife of David and a beautiful young woman who is now widowed (and perhaps the reader needs to be reminded that David, like Solomon, had many wives). At the beginning of the play Adonijah sets out to ask Abishag to marry him, in order to underpin his claim to the throne.

At the beginning of the play Adonijah sets out to ask Abishag to marry him, in order to underpin his claim to the throne.

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