Willem Otterspeer Reading Huizinga

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Johan Huizinga, the Dutch founding father of cultural history, ranks among the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Perhaps best known is Huizinga’s revolutionary insight into the formative role of play in human culture, a theory he espoused in the celebrated Homo Ludens, which was published in 1938. For Huizinga, philology was the mother of all interpretive endeavors, reading and writing were part of a collective ritual that channeled human passion into beautiful forms, and passion remained the fundamental fact of human life. In this clear, engaging study, the renowned Dutch scholar Willem Otterspeer paints an original portrait of Huizinga in the context of interwar Europe—and shares his subject’s own hallmark passion for history.

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Willem Otterspeer is professor of history at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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Willem Otterspeer's Reading Huizinga takes its own readers on a magical tour of the circumstances and qualities that can help to appreciate the mind and spirit of a man who wrote such enduring classics of the twentieth century as The Waning of the Middle Ages and Homo Ludens. With graceful succinctness this book guides those who explore it to an understanding of themost famous Dutch historian. Like its subject, it creates a portrait by assembling many small, often contrasting, details.[-]It aims not to arrive at conventional biography and even less at history of historiography, but rather at a more elusive essence--what makes great writing endure.[-]Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Harvard University

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