Arnoud Visser is Professor of Textual Culture in the Renaissance in the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication. He is director of the Huizinga Institute, the Dutch national research school for cultural history.

His research has focused on early modern intellectual culture, with particular attention to humanism, (counter-) reformation and the history of reading. He is currently working on a history of pedantry as an intellectual vice from Antiquity to the present, and editor of the Renaissance volume in the forthcoming Cultural History of Fame (Bloomsbury). He is directing Annotated Books Online, a digital platform for the study of early modern reading practices (a collaborative venture together with partners at Gent, University College London, York and Princeton).

His publications include:

  • Reading Augustine in the Reformation: The Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Joannes Sambucus and the Learned Image: The Use of the Emblem in Late-Renaissance Humanism (Leiden: Brill, 2005)
  • together with Karl Enenkel (eds.), Mundus Emblematicus: Studies in Neo-Latin Emblem Books (Turnhout: Brepols, 2003)



Research into reading practices: marginalia in Bernardo Bembo's copy of Pliny's Letters (Stanford UL).
Textual Culture in the Renaissance
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