V.M.E. Driessen (Veerle)
PhD candidate - Department of History, Art History and Classics
PhD candidate - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
Veerle Driessen (1995) is a PhD candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen. She specialises in Dutch music and theatre culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Her research focuses on the cultural appropriation of operetta in various Dutch cities.
In 2019 she completed her master’s degree at Radboud University cum laude, and in the first half of 2020 she worked as junior researcher 17th and 18th century for the book project ‘Het Verhaal van Gelderland’.
- 2020 - 2024 Distorting Mirrors: Appropriating Foreign Operettas in Dutch Urban Societies (1856-1914) In the second part of the nineteenth century, operetta was extremely popular in the entire western world, and The Netherlands was no exception. With irony and satire, operettas depicted themes from everyday life in an absurd manner. Especially in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam, operettas were omnipresent, even though virtually none were originally produced here. This PhD project aims to unravel how and why nineteenth-century actors in the theatrical field appropriated foreign operettas – specifically their textual, musical, visual and performative representations of social relations – catering for and impacting on various tastes and values, within a variety of Dutch urban contexts.