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Roeland Harms

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Seventeenth-century Dutch pamphleteers rarely stated their name on the title-page of their tracts. One exception to the rule was the pamphleteer Vincent van Drielenburch. From 1615 through 1617 he wrote at least thirty-five pamphlets against the remonstrants, exposing himself to the reader by explicitly stating his name, or by placing an anagram, a riddle, or an identifiable depiction on the title-page or elsewhere. In doing so, he purposely created an image of himself that enhanced the popularity of his pamphlets. The remonstrant ministers did not have an effective response to this innovative rhetorical use of the author’s name, and constantly described Van Drielenburch as someone who had lost his senses. In this article I argue that it was precisely his reputation of a mad man that was exploited by the author, as well as by his publisher Marten Jansz Brandt, to create an author-construct.

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Roeland Harms, Joad Raymond and Jeroen Salman

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Not Dead Things

The Dissemination of Popular Print in England and Wales, Italy, and the Low Countries, 1500-1820

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Cheap print moved across Europe in surprising ways, crossing unusual distances by unusual routes and by unusual means. Pedlars, news, and cheap print defy the conventional categories and models of distribution: we need to think about their extraordinary diversity, and about the means by which their unstable cultural images inflect distribution. Books were not dead things, and the examination of Italy, the Netherlands and Britain, three regions that contain instructive parallels and contrasts, reveals their unpredictable liveliness. This collection of essays, which emerges from transnational dialogues about pedlars and commerce and communication, examines the various means by which cheap print moved across Europe, and the cultural and material and economic premises of the European landscape of print.

Contributors include: Alberto Milano; Jason Peacey; Jeroen Salman; Jo Thijssen; Joad Raymond; Joop Koopmans; Karen Bowen; Kate Peters; Melissa Calaresu; Roeland Harms; Rosa Salzberg; Sean Shesgreen.