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date: 22 September 2020

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This chapter surveys Neo-Latin literature in the Iberian peninsula from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century, both Spanish and Portuguese. The Spanish part deals with the cluster of scholarly disciplines fostered by the humanists and then discusses Latin poetry, drama, and literary prose. It then discusses texts related to the enterprise of the Indies. Finally, it examines the role played by Latin as the language of political and cultural propaganda in early modern Spain. The Portuguese part first refutes the idea of Portugal as a marginal cultural space and introduces the intellectual and cultural context for its Neo-Latin literature. It then adopts a generic approach and traces the development of Portuguese Neo-Latin prose, poetry, and drama. The chapter identifies the subjects and genres favored in Latin works written in the Iberian peninsula, as well as the principal authors and their most important works.

Keywords: Iberian peninsula, Spain, Portugal, America, Colonialism, humanism, Indies, India, political propaganda, Neo-Latin

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