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Racine [electronic resource] : from ancient myth to tragic modernity / Mitchell Greenberg.

Author/Creator:
Greenberg, Mitchell, 1946-
Publication:
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (306 p.)
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Subjects:
French drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism.
Racine, Jean, 1639-1699 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
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
Contents:
Introduction: spectacle, myth, sacrifice : Racinian tragedy and the origins of modernity
La ThebaiŐąde : 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.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
0-8166-7055-2
OCLC:
593356362