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Open Access The Morality Of Hypocrisy: Gnapheus's Latin Play Hypocrisis And The Lutheran Reformation

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The Morality Of Hypocrisy: Gnapheus's Latin Play Hypocrisis And The Lutheran Reformation

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In drama, moral judgment is not uttered through words alone; it can also be expressed through non-verbal and seemingly subsidiary things such as props, costumes and stage action. This chapter clarifies how Gnapheus used his Latin plays, especially his Hypocrisis ('Hypocrisy', published in 1544 and 1564), in debates on religious matters. It sketches the social context in which the play was written, staged, printed and read: that of the Latin school and University of Königsberg, where the play was performed, the court of the Duke of East Prussia, the printers and publishers of the play in Basel and Wittenberg, and Gnapheus's Lutheran critics. The chapter explains how the context of Protestant criticism affected Gnapheus's dramatic works and impinged upon other genres such as that of the vernacular morality play and on other means of communication, such as visual ones, for instance tableaux vivants, or printed ones, such as popular woodcuts.

Keywords: Gnapheus; Gnapheus's dramatic works; Gnapheus's Lutheran critics; Hypocrisy; Latin plays; moral judgment; Protestant criticism



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