Huygens: lost ‒ regained ‒ revised. De literair-historische receptievan Constantijn Huygens in de eerste helftvan de 19e eeuw
From the beginning of professional Dutch Studies (M. Siegenbeek’s inauguration as professor eloquentiae hollandicae extraordinarius, 1797) the 17th century Dutch writers P.C. Hooft and Joost van den Vondel are present in Dutch literary studies and literary historiography. The position of ConstantijnHuygens, whom the contemporary literary scholars also include in the Grote Vijf (Great Five) of the 17th-century Dutch literature (besides Vondel, Hooft, Cats and Bredero), was gradually changing during the 19th century. This article postulates that the reception of Huygens in literary historiography of the first half of the 19th century can be divided into three phases. In the first phase Huygens’ works practically disappeared from the Dutch literary landscape. The second phase encompasses growing interest for Huygens as an important historical figure. In the third phase it is possible to observe a shift in critical reception of Huygens: from Huygens as a historical person to Huygens as a poet.