Today, 12 May 2017, Lieke van Deinsen will defend her dissertation in the auditorium of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Van Deinsen is the first PhD Candidate of the ‘Proud to be Dutch’ group to finish her research. Her dissertation, titled Literaire erflaters: canonvorming in tijden van culturele crisis, 1700-1750 (Literary Testates: Canonization in Times of Cultural Crisis, 1700-1750), focuses on the so-called ‘Panpoëticon Batavûm’, an eighteenth-century collection of small portraits depicting literary figures from the Low Countries. Examining the Panpoëticon, which has been lost and scattered throughout the ages, and investigating an abundance of Dutch literature, which extols the virtues of the collection, Van Deinsen shows that the eighteenth century was a vital period for processes of literary canonization. By engaging with the ever-growing Panpoëticon, Dutch authors elucidated their struggle with the deeply-felt belief that their own culture was in crisis. The Panpoëticon offers a great source to understand the literary debate in the eighteenth-century Netherlands.
Lieke’s book can already be bought online. For more on her work, check out her personal website and this review (in Dutch). Also make sure to check out her website that focuses on the individual portraits and authors in the collection.
We would like to congratulate Lieke with her outstanding dissertation. We wish her all the best in her future academic endeavours!