Michel Foucault took the classical concept of parrhesia as a starting point for his last series of lectures at the Collège de France, describing it as the courageous expression of an inconvenient truth. Marrigje Paijmans uses this concept as a lens through which to study a number of texts by the 17th-century Amsterdam poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel in which notions of truth-telling play an important role. She argues that the prominent motive of parrhesia in Vondel’s work points to a crisis of truth in the political discourse of the Dutch Republic.
M.G. Paijmans: Dichter bij de waarheid. Parrhesia en de dramatisering in het werk van Joost van den Vondel.
Prof. E.M.P. van Gemert
Dr F.R.E. Blom
Dr F.W.A. Korsten (Universiteit Leiden)
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