Renæssanceforum 8 • 2012

David Cowling
Constructions of Nationhood in the Latin writings of Henri Estienne

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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.