Self-fashioning in the Eighteenth Century. A Brief Historiographical Introduction

E. Hagen, Joris Oddens

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In this special issue, two social historians, two historians of political culture, and two literary historians have engaged in an exploration of the relevance of Stephen Greenblatt’s concept of self-fashioning for their own research into the history and culture of the Dutch eighteenth century. In recent years, the concept of self-fashioning has been particularly influential in eighteenth-century historical research. This introduction gives a brief overview of the research areas in which the concept has attracted most attention and provides some representative examples of recent scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)4-8
Number of pages4
JournalAchttiende Eeuw
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • self-fashioning
  • eighteenth century


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