A study of all of the major tragedies of Jean Racine, France's preeminent dramatist-and, according to many, its greatest and most representative author-Mitchell Greenberg's work offers an exploration of Racinian tragedy to explain the enigma of the plays' continued fascination.Greenberg shows how Racine uses myth, in particular the legend of Oedipus, to achieve his emotional power. In the seventeenth-century tragedies of Racine, almost all references to physical activity were banned from the stage. Yet contemporary accounts of the performances describe vivid emotional reactions of the audience
Introduction: spectacle, myth, sacrifice : Racinian tragedy and the origins of modernity La Thebaïde : politics and monstrous origins Andromaque : myth and melancholy Britannicus : power, perversion, and paranoia Berenice, Bajazet, Mithridate : oriental Oedipus Iphigenie : sacrifice and sovereignty Phedre (et Hippolyte) : taboo, transgression, and the birth of democracy? Esther, Athalie : religion, and revolution in Racine's heavenly city.
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