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Marketing Violence. The Affective Economy of Violent Imageries in the Dutch Republic

This summary study is the result of several years of exchange and collaboration between Universiteit Leiden, VU Amsterdam, UGent and ULB on the subject of early modern performance culture, carried out as part of various projects funded by FWO, NWO and FRNS.

KORTSEN Frans-Willem , LEEMANS Inger, VAN DER HAVEN Cornelis, VANHAESEBROUCK Karel, Cambridge University Press, Serie "Elements in Histories of Emotions and the Senses", August 2023, 108 p.


Marketing Violence. The Affective Economy of Violent Imageries in the Dutch Republic describes the development of an affective economy of violence in the early modern Dutch Republic through the circulation of images.
The Element outlines that while violence became more controlled in the course of the 17th century, with fewer public executions for instance, the realm of cultural representation was filled with violent imagery: from prints, atlases and paintings, through theatres and public spectacles, to peep boxes. It shows how emotions were evoked, exploited, and controlled in this affective economy of violence based on desires, interests and exploitation.

Frans-Willem Korsten is a Professor Literature, Culture and Law at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

Inger Leemans is Professor of Cultural History at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and PI of NL-Lab, a new research group on Dutch Culture and Identity at the Humanities Cluster of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Her research focusses on early modern cultural history, the history of emotions and the senses, cultural economy, history of knowledge and digital humanities.

Cornelis van der Haven is assistant professor at Ghent University in the field of early modern Dutch literature. He studied Comparative Literature at Utrecht University and wrote a dissertation about the institutional dynamics of early modern theatre repertoires in the context of urban culture. He published widely about the history of Dutch and German theatre and literature in the 17th and 18th centuries, with a strong focus on the role of literary texts in shaping cultural and social identities.

Karel Vanhaesebrouck is a professor of theatre and performance studies at ULB. He teaches courses within the field of theatre history, performance theory and dramaturgy. Vanhaesebrouck has widely published on early modern (baroque) theatre, on the history of cultural representations, (circus) dramaturgy and Flemish performing arts. He recently co-authored "Marketing violence. The affective econmy of violent imagneries in the Dutch Republic with Cambridge University Press". Together with Shintaro Fujii from Waseda University, he currently supervises a collaborative research projet on transnational dramaturgies. Vanhaesebrouck is also the initiator of Game*Play, a monthly workshop on video games.

Mis à jour le 8 septembre 2023