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Document Details :
Title: 'In gesprek met de vorigen'.
Subtitle: Literatuur als geschiedschrijving
Author(s): PIETERS, Jürgen
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 44 Issue: 3 Date: 2002
In the first half of this article, I attempt to trace back Stephen Greenblatt’s exhortation to consider the practices of literary and cultural history as a conversation with the dead to the writings of Machiavelli and Philip Sidney. In the text’s second half, I add to their renowned company the name of Constantijn Huygens, whose reflections on the mimetic powers of artistic portraits throw an interesting light on the topic which Greenblatt made so famous.