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Occasional Latin Poetry from the Great Northern War (1700-1721): Propaganda, Self-image and Invectives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Great Northern War (1700-1721) was a conflict that involved basically all the countries in the Baltic region. By the turn of the century, the Swedish realm included Finland, Ingria, Estonia, Livonia, parts of Pomerania and some other territories in northern Germany. In 1700, Sweden was suddenly attacked from three different sides. The attackers were Saxony-Poland, Denmark and Russia. The question of bellum justum was then raised once again. It was also a period of fierce propaganda writing. To divide this propaganda literature into categories is not an easy task. I use here my own stipulative definitions and provide two main groups of propagandistic writings. The first category consists of official polemical documents and includes such texts as declarations of war and war pamphlets. The other group is constituted by occasional literature. We find there fictive letters, allegorical fabulae, orations and poems. All this discourse was conducted in Latin. In the present paper, I shall focus on the sub-category occasional poetry. The poetry from the time under discussion is characterized by nationalistic pathos and religious zeal. War poems produced in Sweden thus mirror the principal ideologies of the late Carolean age, e.g. the superiority of the Lutheran Faith and the glory of the Gothic heritage. Also invectives on the personal level are usual. In my talk, I shall pay special attention to the occasional poetry by Swedish, Danish and Russian Neo-Latin authors. We shall see an obvious interaction between the poets from these three countries and sometimes even harsh attacks that they deliver against each other in their verses. I have tried to bring together the texts that are both representative of the period and entertaining as regards their contents and language.

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2014.
Keyword [en]
Neo-Latin poetry, early modern propaganda, identity
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Latin
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279990OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279990DiVA: diva2:909391
Conference
TEXTS & CONTEXTS VI: THE ROLE OF LATIN IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD. LINGUISTIC IDENTITY AND NATIONALISM 1350-1800 PART II - JUNE 5-6, 2014
Note

The conference held at the Danish Academy in Rome (Det Danske Institut i Rom), June 5-6, 2014

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