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Title: Lost and Found
Subtitle: Latin School Drama at the Augustinian College of Ghent
Author(s): DE SUTTER, Nicholas
Volume: 69 Issue: 1 Date: 2019
School theatre constituted an inherent part of the educational programmes of religious orders such as the Jesuits and the Augustinians in early modern Europe. Yet whereas Jesuit drama is currently a flourishing area of Neo-Latin scholarship, research on Augustinian school theatre is still very much in its infancy. The main reason for this striking imbalance is the apparent lack of surviving Augustinian material: while playbills have only been preserved in fairly low numbers, complete Augustinian school plays even seem to be close to non-existent. This article deals with the rediscovery of a corpus of seventeenth-century Latin school plays which, it argues, are to be attributed to the Augustinian college of Ghent. After a brief contextualisation and an overview of the plays, it presents the various pieces of evidence in support of this attribution and discusses the significance of investigating the often overlooked intertextual relationships to contemporary Neo-Latin drama which tend to be present in school plays.