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The organizers of the conference between Scylla and Charybdis, Jeanine De Landtsheer und Henk Nellen, have formulated three interrelated questions to which they expected answers from contributors. Neo-Latin letters and correspondence should be investigated to the question: have the letter writers experienced the contemporary political and religious events; how forms of political and religious repression can be elicited from the letters; and whether differences in the opinions on political and religious issues between the letters and to the public certain texts can be nailed down. This chapter explores these questions and discusses the discursivity of the genre. The first two questions proceeded from the assumption that the letter can be seen between 1500-1700 as a vessel for the communication of personal thoughts, feelings and beliefs. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Charybdis; gendre discursivity; Neo-Latin letters; political issues; religious issues; Scylla

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