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Johan Koppenol (1965) studied Dutch Language and Literature at Leiden University. He started as a PhD student at the same university, half way through his appointment he was asked to become university teacher at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen for two years. He then returned to Leiden to finish his PhD in 1998 (cum laude). He was university teacher and the University of Amsterdam and then joined Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he became full professor of Older Dutch Literature in 2000. In the years 2002-2007 he also had a chair at the University of Amsterdam. He is also teaching a course at AUC.


In his research, Johan Koppenol focuses on the rhetoricians movement in the late 16th and early 16th century, poetics and the literary renaissance, and literature in Leiden. He published about Jan van Hout, Joost van den Vondel and Jacob Westerbaen. Together with Ton van Strien and Natascha Veldhorst he edited the poetry by P.C. Hooft. Currently, he is working on the biography of the Dutch poet, statesman and entrepreneur Jacob Cats (1577-1660).


Literary History; Book history; History of Knowledge; Literature and Visual Culture. All levels.

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  • PN Literature (General)
  • Dutch Literature
  • Golden Age
  • P Language and Literature


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