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Monologue
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The term monologue (Latin monologium, also soliloquium, “soliloquy”) in the early modern period meant primarily a dramatic speech, usually of some length, without interruption from other characters, serving to portray the interior life of a dramatic figure. The word was coined (in French, monologue) around 1500 as a pseudo-Greek counterpart to dialogue [3. 629]. Even at this period, following Latin, a distinction was often made between a speech made in the presence of others and a monologue in the strict sense (i.e. spoken alone). This gave ris…

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Bremer, Kai, “Monologue”, 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 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024232>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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