Jeroen SalmanDr Jeroen Salman
Research Institute for History and Culture and Department of Modern Languages, Utrecht University. Email:


Supervisor PhD project

Louis Peter GrijpProf. Louis Grijp
Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Utrecht University; Meertens Institute, Amsterdam. Email:



Roeland HarmsRoeland Harms
Research Institute for History and Culture and Department of Dutch, Utrecht University. Email:

Roeland Harms will be concerned with meticulous textual, iconographical and musical analysis and a thorough investigation into intertextuality and appropriation, both within and between genres. Here the process of selection and adaptation, and the strategy of intermediality are studied on the level of stories, images and melodies. This subproject is restricted to the literary themes in the catchpenny prints from the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The choice for especially literary themes within this material is motivated by the fact that they dominated the subject matter and because there was a strong affiliation with the content of songs. Furthermore the literary material in the catchpenny prints is based on old stories and images from the middle ages onwards. This makes it possible to systematically analyse the process of selection and adaptation of old and new repertoire over a long period of time.


Talitha Verheij
Research Institute for History and Culture, Utrecht University. Email:

The aim of Talitha Verheij is to reconstruct the motives and strategies of all players in the field of production and distribution: authors, translators, adaptors, engravers, illustrators, booksellers, ballad singers, and other performers. An important question is if we can observe a growing orchestration in the production and distribution of popular printing in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The objects of investigation are ideological institutions (the Society for Common Benefit), professional organisations (guilds, publisher and booksellers organisations), networks (local, family, branch, genres) and persons (authors, engravers, performers etc). By culling a variety of archival and bibliographical sources, the researcher will be able to map the conditions for the popularisation process and to give insight into the meaning of intermediality as a strategy. Questions that give direction to this subproject are the following. Did writers, artists, and publishers coordinate their activities? How influential were institutions and organisations such as the Society for Common Benefit? Did the geographical concentration of catchpenny prints in five printing centres (Amsterdam, Deventer, Zaltbommel, Den Bosch, and Rotterdam) lead to a greater uniformity in production strategies? A special field of interest for the nineteenth century will be the impact of the mechanisation of production and distribution strategies.