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Dr G.W.H. (Trude) Dijkstra

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Letterkunde

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  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
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  • Research


    'A Chinese philosopher in European dress. The review of the first Latin translation of Confucius in the Philosophical Transactions and its preoccupation with Chinese chronology', in: Thijs Weststeijn (ed), Foreign devils and philosophers. Cultural encounters between the Chinese, the Dutch, and other Europeans, 1590-1800, Leiden: Brill (2020), pp. 205-224.

    'Confucius at "The Batavische Mercurius". Governor general of the Dutch East Indies Pieter van Hoorn, and the first vernacular translation of the Chinese Confucius', in: D. Cappa et al., Cultural Encounters. Cross-disciplinary studies from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, Vernon Press for the Warburg Institute (2018), pp. 109-124.

    '"Tot eeuwige memorie der druckerye-konste". Simon de Vries's discourse on the Chinese art of print (1682)', in: Quaerendo 48.3 (2018), pp. 206-232.

    'De Opregte Haerlemsche Courant and news from China', in: Thijs Weststeijn en Menno Jonkers (eds), Catalogue to the exhibition Barbaren en wijsgeren. Het beeld van China in de Gouden Eeuw, Vantilt (2017), pp. 83-89.

    'It is said that… The Chinese Rites Controversy in Dutch newspapers and periodicals in the seventeenth century', in: Jaarboek voor Nederlandse Boekgeschiedenis (2016). 

    '"Men siet in Druck een Stuck". Nieuws uit China in Nederlandse kranten aan het einde van de zeventiende eeuw', in: Boeketje Boekwetenschap VI. Boeken in beweging, Amsterdam University Press (2016), pp. 7-14.

    'Constructing Confucius in the Low Countries' (with Thijs Weststeijn), in: De Zeventiende Eeuw 32.2 (2016), pp. 137-164.

    'Een roodbaardige barbaar in China. De verbeelding van China in Willem IJsbrantsz. Bontekoe's Iournael, 1646', in: De Boekenwereld 32.4 (2016), pp. 27-32.

    'Uncovering Spinoza's Printer by means of Bibliographical Research' (with Rindert Jagersma), in: Quaerendo 43 no. 4 (2013), 278-310.



    Review of Dirk Imhof (ed), Balthasar Moretus en de passie van het uigeven, Museum Plantin Moretus (2018), in: Quaerendo 49.3 (2019), pp. 271-274.

    Review of Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen, Bookshop of the world. Making and trading books in the Dutch Golden Age, Yale University Press (2019), in: Holland Historische Tijdschrift 3 (2019), online publication.

    Review of Michael Keevak, Embassies to China, Palgrave Macmillan (2017), in: Early Modern Low Countries 2.1 (2018), pp. 122-124.

    Review of Benjamin Schmidt, Inventing Exoticism, University of Pennsylvania Press (2015), in: Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 111.3 (2017), pp. 419-420.



    Editorial Board of Quaerendo (Brill).



    Willison Foundation and Charitable Trust Research Fellowship 2019.

    The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing 25th Anniversary Research Fellowship 2019.


    NWO Research Project

  • Publications


    • Dijkstra, T. (2016). It is said that…: The Chinese Rites Controversy in Dutch newspapers and periodicals in the seventeenth century. Jaarboek voor Nederlandse Boekgeschiedenis, 23, 173-191. [details]


    Talk / presentation

    • Dijkstra, T. (speaker) (17-11-2016). Constructing Confucius in the Low Countries: How the Western Idea of Confucius came into being through Dutch Printed-Work of the Seventeenth Century., Warburg Postgraduate Symposium, London.
    • Dijkstra, T. (speaker) (7-9-2016). Periodicals’ Purview. China in French and Dutch Newspapers Printed in the Dutch Republic, 1645-1721., Entangled Cultural Histories. Encounters between China and Europe, 1600-1900., Shanghai.
    • Dijkstra, T. (speaker) (24-8-2016). Confucius in Early Modern Dutch Newspapers, The 21st Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, St. Petersburg.


    • Dijkstra, G. W. H. (2019). The Chinese imprint: Printing and publishing Chinese religion and philosophy in the Dutch Republic 1595-1700. [details]
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