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Chambers Of Rhetoric: Performative Culture And Literary Sociability In The Early Modern Northern Netherlands

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That some local groups had great importance in literary activities at the end of the Middle Ages is evident. From the nineteenth century on, scholars have already underlined the importance of such groups in the French-speaking towns and cities of the Southern Netherlands in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. However, while some groups such as the Puys de Notre Dame have recently been studied in depth, we still lack a global study of other groups: the associations/compagnies joyeuses or joyful associations/companies that were responsible for theatre activities in the cities. This chapter proposes a first survey of these associations in order to appreciate the extent to which some characteristics of such groups were not merely a regional phenomenon, but can be observed in other parts of France or even Europe.

Keywords: Europe; France; Middle Ages; Southern Netherlands



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