W.L. (Wieneke) Jansen MA

  • PhD student

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6266
E-Mail: w.l.jansen@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Griekse T&C
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.24

Fields of interest

  • Early modern reception of Ps.-Longinus, On the Sublime
  • Classical and early modern rhetoric, literary criticism and art theory
  • Dutch humanism


My research focuses on the reception of Ps.-Longinus’ treatise On the sublime in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century. This treatise on the overwhelming power of texts and literature (written in the 1st or 3rd century AD), has long remained unknown, until its gradual rediscovery in the 15th and 16th centuries. After its editio princeps by Francesco Robortello (Basel 1554) various editions and translations appeared in Italy, Switzerland, France and England in the 16th and 17th centuries. The first edition of On the sublime in the Netherlands was issued by Jacobus Tollius in 1694, followed by the first Dutch translation by Pieter Le Clercq in 1719.

The earliest Dutch reception Ps.-Longinus’ work however long predates Tollius’ edition. Earlier printed editions already circulated in the Netherlands by the beginning of the seventeenth century and were actively studied by prominent Dutch scholars such as Daniel Heinsius (1580-1655), Gerardus Johannes Vossius (1577-1649) and Franciscus Junius (1591-1677) They incorporated elements from Ps.-Longinus’ theory in their works on tragedy (Heinsius, De constitutione tragoediae), rhetoric and poetry (Vossius, Institutiones oratoriae and Institutionespoeticae), and the art of painting (Junius, De pictura veterum).

My research divides in two parts:
(1) The early modern dissemination of Ps.-Longinus’ text in the Netherlands
A study of Dutch book sales catalogues, annotations and letters will give insight into the spreading of the treatise in Dutch intellectual circles from its earliest appearance around 1600, up until the publication of Tollius’ edition in 1694.

(2) The Reception of Ps.-Longinus’ text by Early Modern Dutch scholars
Case studies of the theoretical treatises by Daniel Heinsius, Gerardus Johannes Vossius will reveal the impact of Ps.-Longinus’ work in early modern Dutch intellectual history, while paying attention to the social and political context in which these treatises functioned.

Supervisors: Prof. dr. C.A. van Eck, dr. S.P.M. Bussels, dr. C.C. de Jonge.

This research is part of Stijn Bussels’ project Elevated Minds. The Sublime in the Public Arts in Seventeenth-Century Paris and Amsterdam (funded by an ERC starting grant).

Teaching activities

  • 2013: Research Colloquium: The Overwhelming Power of Texts, Images, Architecture & Spectacle in the Early Modern Period (ResMA Arts and Culture, Leiden University).
  • 2014: BA1 Latijn Taalverwerving 1a (Bachelor Classics, Leiden University).

Curriculum vitae

  • 2013-present: PhD researcher in Classical Reception and Art History, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (supervisors: prof. dr. C.A. van Eck, dr. S.P.M. Bussels, dr. C.C. de Jonge).
  • 2009-2013: ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations, Leiden University (cum laude). Thesis: ‘Harmony of Words. Music and Musical Metaphors in Dionysius and Longinus’ (supervisor: dr. C.C. de Jonge).
  • 2010-2011: Student assistant at the department of Classics (Leiden University). Revision of the digital educational materials for the first year’s Latin language courses.
  • 2006-2009: BA Classics (Leiden University).
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Last Modified: 10-12-2015