Abstract

This essay discusses the role of the Chambers of Rhetoric (literary guilds or confraternities) in the construction of urban culture in the Southern Low Countries. The Chambers of Rhetoric not only contributed to the forging of urban identity through their associational practices, but also played an important role in the molding of public space through theatrical representations and the staging of civic ritual. In particular, the Chambers' participation in large-scale regional and interregional theater and poetry competitions is crucial for our understanding of sixteenth-century urban culture in the Low Countries.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0236
Print ISSN
0034-4338
Pages
pp. 374-405
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-27
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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