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Rederijkers, Kannenkijkers : drinking and drunkenness in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Low Countries

Anne-Laure Van Bruaene UGent and Sarah Van Bouchaute (2017) EARLY MODERN LOW COUNTRIES. 1(1). p.1-29
abstract
This article discusses drinking practices and conceptions of drunkenness in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Low Countries from the perspective of the rederijkers or guildsmen who would regularly gather together to practice the vernacular art of rhetoric. The essay surveys the regulations and accounts of the chambers of rhetoric in which these gatherings took place, as well as the literary texts the rederijkers produced (including poetry, songs and theatre plays). It also examines the intersections with contemporary genre painting. The central argument of this paper is that drinking, and even drunkenness, was an essential aspect of rederijker culture and the urban middling groups represented by this culture. This argument nuances the influential thesis of the pervasiveness of a Dutch burgermoraal or bourgeois morality. Even though they created comical caricatures of drunkards, rederijkers indulged in heavy drinking themselves. These guildsmen were well aware of the need for moderation, but their regulations and literary texts go beyond moral didacticism and often reveal double layers and self-parody.
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published
subject
keyword
alcohol, drunkenness, guilds, rederijkers, genre painting, Low Countries
journal title
EARLY MODERN LOW COUNTRIES
EMLC
volume
1
issue
1
pages
1 - 29
ISSN
2543-1587
DOI
10.18352/emlc.4
language
English
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yes
classification
A2
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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8526705
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8526705
date created
2017-07-08 13:40:19
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2017-07-14 06:41:05
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  author       = {Van Bruaene, Anne-Laure and Van Bouchaute, Sarah},
  issn         = {2543-1587},
  journal      = {EARLY MODERN LOW COUNTRIES},
  keyword      = {alcohol,drunkenness,guilds,rederijkers,genre painting,Low Countries},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {1--29},
  title        = {Rederijkers, Kannenkijkers : drinking and drunkenness in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Low Countries},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.18352/emlc.4},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2017},
}

Chicago
Van Bruaene, Anne-Laure, and Sarah Van Bouchaute. 2017. “Rederijkers, Kannenkijkers : Drinking and Drunkenness in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Low Countries.” Early Modern Low Countries 1 (1): 1–29.
APA
Van Bruaene, A.-L., & Van Bouchaute, S. (2017). Rederijkers, Kannenkijkers : drinking and drunkenness in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Low Countries. EARLY MODERN LOW COUNTRIES, 1(1), 1–29.
Vancouver
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Van Bruaene A-L, Van Bouchaute S. Rederijkers, Kannenkijkers : drinking and drunkenness in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Low Countries. EARLY MODERN LOW COUNTRIES. 2017;1(1):1–29.
MLA
Van Bruaene, Anne-Laure, and Sarah Van Bouchaute. “Rederijkers, Kannenkijkers : Drinking and Drunkenness in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Low Countries.” EARLY MODERN LOW COUNTRIES 1.1 (2017): 1–29. Print.