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Vries, Jeronimo de

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    Jensen, Lotte
  • Title:
    Vries, Jeronimo de
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    Jeronimo de Vries (Amsterdam 1776 – Amsterdam 1853) is considered the founding father of Dutch literary history, of which he was the first to publish a complete survey: Proeve eener geschiedenis der Nederduitsche dichtkunde (1808-09). It located the zenith of Dutch poetry in the 17th century, with the Middle Ages and 18th century correspondingly inferior. De Vries was profoundly influenced by Hendrik van Wijn’s treatise on pre-16th-century Dutch poetry, Historische en letterkundige avondstonden (1800) and by the lectures of the first Professor of Dutch language and literature, Matthijs Siegenbeek. De Vries was also active as a critic, essayist and editor, his most important edition being the complete works of the 18th-century poets Willem and Onno Zwier van Haren.

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  • Berg, Willem van den (1989). “Het vaderschap van de Nederlandse literatuurgeschiedschrijving”, Literatuur, 6: 320-324 [Who fathered the writing of Dutch literary history]

    Haar, Bernard ter (1853). “Leven- en karakterschets en letterkundige verdiensten van Mr. Jeronimo de Vries”, Handelingen van de Maatschappij der Nederlandsche letterkunde, 182-208 [Life, character and literary merits of Mr. J. de V.]

    Jensen, Lotte (2018). “The founding father of Dutch literary history: Jeronimo de Vries, 1776-1853”, in Honings, Rick; Kalmthout, Ton van; Rutten, Gijsbert (eds.) (2018). Defining Dutch: Language, literature and the construction of a Dutch national identity (Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP)

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    © the author and SPIN. Cite as follows (or as adapted to your stylesheet of choice): Jensen, Lotte, 2020. "Vries, Jeronimo de", Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe, ed. Joep Leerssen (electronic version; Amsterdam: Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms, https://ernie.uva.nl/), article version, last changed 16-07-2020, consulted 13-04-2021.