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The Imperial Play as Final Chapter in the Jesuit Theater in Austria


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There can be little doubt that the Jesuit humanist theater of the late Renaissance reached its high point in Habsburg Austria of the seventeenth century largely through the dramatic ability of Nicolas Avancini (1612-86). It must be admitted, however, that the Order owed much of its dramatic acclaim to the patronage of the royal house which aspired to make Vienna the fashion for these schoolmen dramatists was certainly not due to any particularly well developed classical humanist dramatic theory, but rather quite often their popularity seems to have been largely a consequence of the moment or the individual ingenuity of a local playwright.1

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