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Jesuit drama
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1. Significance and function

“Jesuit drama” refers to a specific form of early modern, primarily Latin drama in Catholic Europe that was very closely connected both in function and in content with the missionary work of the Jesuits. In fierce competition with expanding Protestantism, which introduced the school drama around 1530, the Jesuits also engaged in theatrical presentation between 1555/60 and 1773 (when the…

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Schnabel, Werner Wilhelm, “Jesuit drama”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021621>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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