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The members of this research group explore, in a cross-disciplinary setting, the structures and activities of those networks in the ‘long’ Golden Age (1550-1750), their multiple relations to foreign networks, and the impact of their activities on Dutch society.

The culture of the Dutch Golden Age, in all its richness, cannot be fully understood but in its confrontation and exchange with contemporary cultures, in Europe and beyond, and its dynamic reception and consecutive transformation elsewhere and in later times.

The research-group Pretextual Strategies focuses on two connected themes: (1) ethos in paratexts, and (2) strategies in argumentative prose texts. The main focus is on literary criticism and poetics, on examining Renaissance pretexts for rhetorical phenomena, reader’s persuasion and ethos.

“Cultural Memory, Rhetoric, and Literary Discourse” is interested in and explores the intersections of these subjects in and beyond the early modern period and the Dutch Golden Age particularly. Recognizing the growing discipline of Memory Studies and recent theoretical approaches to memory, this group pursues, and is grounded in, a literary-historical approach to cultural memory studies. 

The history of news and information is one of the most burgeoning fields of historical scholarship today. This research group focuses on the Low Countries as one of the main information hubs of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world.