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School drama
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1. Definition

The term school drama (or school play) in the narrower sense denotes plays written primarily for didactic and representative purposes for performance in schools; in the broadest sense, it also includes academies and universities (in early modern England: university drama or university play). In early modern Europe, they were usually associated with instruction in rhetoric. They promoted practice in oratory and also provided instruction in historical, political, mythological, and t…

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Niefanger, Dirk, “School 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 29 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027245>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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