Compassion and the Creation of an Affective Community in the Theatre: Vondel's Mary Stuart, or Martyred Majesty (1646)

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Abstract

Joost van den Vondel’s tragedy Mary Stuart, or Martyred Majesty (1646), written after the playwright’s conversion to Catholicism, has been read as a provocative glorification of a Catholic martyr. Kristine Steenbergh argues that the play’s emotional poetics aim at the creation of an affective community of Protestants and Catholics in the theatre. Through the contagious bodily experience of fear and compassion with the Queen of Scots, Vondel intended to school the audience’s emotions and foster religious tolerance in the context of the peace negotiations that would eventually lead to the end of the Eighty Years’ War.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-112
Number of pages22
JournalBijdragen en mededelingen betreffende de geschiedenis der Nederlanden
Volume129
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • vondel, joost van den
  • history of emotions
  • compassion
  • early modern Dutch theatre
  • Mary Stuart

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