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Open Access Playing To The Public, Playing With Opinion: Latin And Vernacular Dutch History Drama By Heinsius And Duym

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Playing To The Public, Playing With Opinion: Latin And Vernacular Dutch History Drama By Heinsius And Duym

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This chapter explores the extent to which the heightened topicality of Duym's play could be explained as the outcome of the process of translating or adapting the drama for another audience. It tells us about the relationship between early modern literature and public opinion in general. It then presents a short introduction to early Dutch history drama and the particular topical outlook of the genre. The chapter also presents an analysis of the Orange plays by Heinsius and Duym: their allusions to contemporary politics on the one hand, the contexts in which they were composed and their audiences on the other hand. Finally, it discusses the particular relationship of the two plays: what do we learn about the relationship between Latin and vernacular authors and their audiences in general, and about the way the plays interact with the opinion or opinions of their audiences in particular?.

Keywords: Dutch history drama; Duym; early modern literature; Heinsius; vernacular authors



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