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Tim Vergeer

PhD candidate

T. Vergeer MA
+31 71 527 2161

Fields of interest
Early Modern Theatre History
History of Emotions
Translation Studies
Digital Humanities


In my research, I examine the emotional culture in the seventeenth-century theatre scene of the Low Countries. My research focusses on the Spanish comedias nuevas by Lope de Vega, Antonio Mira de Amescua and Pedro de Calderón among others, which were translated and adapted in Dutch. I presuppose that the comedias imported from Spain were more ‘emotional’ as opposed to the staider plots of plays by Vondel, Hooft, ‘Nil Volentibus Arduum’, or even Vos.

Drawing from the field of the History of Emotions, the project aims to cast into relief the problematic status emotions generally held in the Dutch Golden Age and hypothesize that the comedia nueva was introduced in the Low Countries in reaction to a ‘neostoic’ emotional regime (a term coined by William M. Reddy in 2001) in the Dutch theatre scene of the early seventeenth century. My research combines a qualitative reading with text mining techniques of a set of comedias nuevas published in Dutch between 1617-1672, either in Amsterdam, Antwerp, or Brussels. Then, I compare and contrast them with canonical plays by Vondel, Hooft, Coster, Vos, and ‘Nil Volentibus Arduum’.

Curriculum vitae

2017- present: PhD researcher at LUCAS, Leiden University (supervisors: prof.dr. W. van Anrooij and dr. O. van Marion)

2016-2017: MA Neerlandistiek, Leiden University (summa cum laude)

2014- 2016: ResMA Literary Studies, Leiden University (cum laude)

2011- 2014: BA Dutch Language and Culture, Leiden University

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Oude Nederlandse L&C

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 4
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.06b



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