Occitan literature — still sometimes called Provençal literature — is a body of texts written in Occitan in the south of France. It originated in the poetry of the 11th- and 12th-century troubadours, and inspired the rise of vernacular literature throughout medieval Europe.
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... at school, in the administration and in the media, Occitan and Occitania have never ceased to inspire poets and authors ... legitimacy of culturally rich and elaborate idioms such as Catalan, Breton, Basque and Occitan, among others ... All genres of modern international literature are present in Occitan, especially since the second half of the 20th century, although some avant-garde Occitan literature already existed from the late 19th century ...
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