In general terms an epilogue is a piece of writing that is placed at the end of a literary work, play or film, to bring closure.
Today the epilogue is usually used to round of the events of a work, by retailing the events that followed, etc. In 19th century performances it often also contained remarks on the work and social commentary by the author, expressed through a character in a play. This usage is often today referred to as an "Afterword" in a literary work.
The counterpart of the epilogue is the prologue, which occurs at the beginning of the work, and functions in much the same way.
Use in South Africa
For its use in South African theatre, and some examples, see Prologue
F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. : pp. 179-182,
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