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Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen

University Lecturer

Dr. J.F. van Dijkhuizen
+31 71 527 2147

Fields of interest

My published work so far focuses primarily on the interaction between literature and religious culture in early modern England (approximately 1500–1700), with a special interest in the Reformation and the (religious) history of the human body. I am currently preparing a new research project on the cultural history of interpersonal forgiveness, circa 1575–1900. 


My first book,  Devil Theatre: Demonic Possesion and Exorcism in English Renaissance Drama, 1556-1642, reads representations of demonic possession and exorcism in English Renaissance drama in relation to early modern theological and political controversies over these issues. 

In 2012 I published a second monograph, entitled  Pain and Compassion in Early Modern English Literature and Culture. This book investigates changing early modern perceptions of physical pain in a range of literary, religious, philosophical and medical texts, with a special focus on the literary representation of pain. I argue that early modern culture located the meaning of pain partly in its capacity to elicit compassion in others, but also show that the nature of this compassion was fiercely contested. This second book is the result of a VENI research grant awarded to me by NWO (Dutch Organization for Academic Research) in 2006. 

Curriculum Vitae

Lecturer in English literature at the University of Leiden 

NWO VENI research fellow at Leiden 

Junior lecturer in English Literature at Leiden 

PhD candidate in English literature, University of Leiden. 

BA and MA in English language and literature at the University of Utrecht and the University of Sheffield 

Teaching activities

I mainly teach courses on English literature from 1500 to 1800. In addition to first- and second-year courses on Renaissance and eighteenth-century literature, I will be offering a third-year module on Shakespeare and an MA module on John Milton next year. I am also happy to supervise BA and MA theses, especially on English literature from the period 1500-1800.

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Oude Britse letterkunde

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.05a



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