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date: 12 August 2020

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This chapter is structured according to a history of various discourses. First, a definition of the “German” cultural sphere of the early modern period is sought with reference to works relating to Germania. Then basic patterns and poetological positions of the humanist movement are presented in terms of their historical development. The chapter then turns to relevant institutions and leitmotifs of the time: scholarly education and its specific programmatics; religion, the church, and theology; and finally, the sociopolitical components of Neo-Latin literature. Literary genres are given due attention by focusing on particular strains such as biblical drama and socially critical satire in verse and prose. “Ego-documents” and the question of “authentic” writing are discussed in a section of its own. A cursory treatment of the late period of Neo-Latin writing, with a focus on scholarly and technical prose, makes up the end of the chapter.

Keywords: Germania, humanism, early modern education, Reformation, confessionalism, politics, poetics, school drama, Peasants' War, ego-documents

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