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The Basoche In The Late Middle Ages: A School Of Technical Savoir-Faire

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This chapter argues that the chambers of rhetoric, with their performative literary practices, created a distinct intraregional literary culture and public sphere, closely related to local, regional, and intraregional manuscript, print, musical and visual cultures. While claiming authority in the cultural and public spheres, chambers of rhetoric stimulated the interplay between performative literary culture and the Latin and vernacular cultures of Learning in the Dutch-speaking Netherlands. By the 1750s, a new model of cultural sociability, the so-called genootschappen, had emerged. The eighteenth-century genootschappen and the chambers of rhetoric shared a vigorous pedagogical and didactic ambition, civilized male conviviality, and the love of competition and prize-contests; and both acquired a role in the dissemination of education and Learning, and the creation of local, regional, and intraregional cultural networks.

Keywords: cultural sociability; Dutch-speaking Netherlands



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