Advertisement

Introduction

  • Rudolf M. Dekker
Chapter

Abstract

Historians tend to be serious. There is little laughter in the study rooms of the Dutch National Library; in fact, it is strictly forbidden. However, visitors there do not complain about that. After all, they do not go there to entertain themselves. At any rate, that was not my intention a few years ago, on the day when a remarkable seventeenth-century manuscript landed on my desk among some political tracts. The general title Anecdotes turned out to contain a collection of surprisingly coarse jokes. As I read on, I discovered that the author, the little-known poet Aernout van Overbeke, poked fun at all kinds of people in his milieu. That was enough to make me decide to venture further down this side-street.

Keywords

Seventeenth Century Comic Narrative East Indian Company Study Room Loan Word 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Rudolf M. Dekker 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf M. Dekker
    • 1
  1. 1.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations