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Constructions of Nationhood in the Latin Writings of Henri Estienne

Cowling, David

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This paper argues for the inclusion of writing in Latin in the narrative of "literary nation-building" in early modern France through an analysis of expressions of amor patriae in the learned prefaces of Henri Estienne (Henricus Stephanus secundus). Estienne's celebrated defence of the French language against putative foreign (especially Italian) influence, conducted in his vernacular writings, is seen to have been nourished by his engagement with Italian and Spanish humanists in respect of Ciceronianism, the proper conception of Latinity and the ethical underpinnings of humanist editorial methodology.

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Cowling, D. (2012). Constructions of Nationhood in the Latin Writings of Henri Estienne. Renæssanceforum, 8, 71-85

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2012
Deposit Date Mar 20, 2012
Publicly Available Date Sep 1, 2015
Journal Renaessanceforum : tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning = journal of Renaissance studies.
Publisher Forum for Renaissance Studies
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Pages 71-85
Publisher URL http://renaessanceforum.dk/rf_8_2012.htm

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