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Neo-Latin Drama in Spain, Portugal and Latin America

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This chapter analyses the influence of Aristotle's and Horace's poetics and of ancient drama on Neo-Latin drama, paying particular attention to the structure, the number of acts, the characters, the use of prose or verse, and the main dramatic genres. It considers Neo-Latin theatre as a practice of language learning; the ideological, religious and political motivations of Jesuit theatre; its biblical and other religious themes; the female and other real and mythological characters or allegorical representations appearing in Jesuit school dramas; the occasions for the performances and the scenic art of these plays. Neo-Latin eclogues enjoyed greater success than classical dramatic genres, particularly in Portugal, and the subgenre of funeral eclogue was also staged at the University of Salamanca. Finally, the chapter considers how Spanish and Portuguese dramas show the influence of Neo-Latin theatre, since their authors had studied in Jesuit schools.

Keywords: Jesuit theatre; Latin America; Neo-Latin drama; Portuguese drama; Spanish drama; University of Salamanca



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