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Therapeutic tragedy: Compassion, remorse, and reconciliation in the Joseph plays of Joost van den Vondel (1635-1640)

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Therapeutic tragedy : Compassion, remorse, and reconciliation in the Joseph plays of Joost van den Vondel (1635-1640). / Sierhuis, F.

In: European Review of History, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01.02.2010, p. 27-51.

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Sierhuis, F 2010, 'Therapeutic tragedy: Compassion, remorse, and reconciliation in the Joseph plays of Joost van den Vondel (1635-1640)', European Review of History, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 27-51. https://doi.org/10.1080/13507480903511918

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Sierhuis, F. (2010). Therapeutic tragedy: Compassion, remorse, and reconciliation in the Joseph plays of Joost van den Vondel (1635-1640). European Review of History, 17(1), 27-51. https://doi.org/10.1080/13507480903511918

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Sierhuis F. Therapeutic tragedy: Compassion, remorse, and reconciliation in the Joseph plays of Joost van den Vondel (1635-1640). European Review of History. 2010 Feb 1;17(1):27-51. https://doi.org/10.1080/13507480903511918

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Sierhuis, F. / Therapeutic tragedy : Compassion, remorse, and reconciliation in the Joseph plays of Joost van den Vondel (1635-1640). In: European Review of History. 2010 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 27-51.

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