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Humanist Neo-Latin Drama in France

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Neo-Latin humanist drama in France offers a fairly modest corpus of texts compared to the production in the rest of Europe. Moreover, humanist drama composed in Latin is not very well known; Latin plays, mostly written by teachers or students in colleges, have for a long time remained in the shadow of vernacular mystery plays, farces and moralities on the one hand, and, from the 1550s onwards, of the first tragedies and comedies written in French on the other. French dramatic writing in the sixteenth century is characterized first of all by the important place occupied by a theatre which was long called 'popular' and 'medieval', but which reached its full maturity between 1450 and 1550. The theatre allowed authors to take a stand on the issues of the day, following the two epideictic divisions of praise and blame.

Keywords: epideictic divisions; France; French dramatic writing; Neo-Latin humanist drama

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