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Introduction: Dynamics of Neo-Latin and the Vernacular: Some Thoughts Regarding Its Approach

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This chapter focuses on the question of how to describe and analyze the interplay between Latin and vernacular cultures, and the processes that contributed to their dynamics. It begins by looking at the nature of Neo-Latin literature. Roughly speaking, it comprises works written in Latin after the Middle Ages to the present day. In this respect, the Neo-Latin literature resembles the variety and versatility of the vernacular languages. The Neo-Latin literature can be studied from a cultural-historical angle, looking at the way literature reflects and forms a certain 'culture', how static or fluid that culture may be. There are static concepts of culture, which look mainly at cultural products. The dynamics of literature is a process of production, circulation and consumption of literature, during which something 'happens' with the literary works. The chapter finally discusses the interaction between Neo-Latin and the vernacular languages.

Keywords: dynamics of literature; Latin cultures; Middle Ages; Neo-Latin literature; vernacular cultures



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