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Birth marks : the tragedy of primogeniture in Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, and Jean Racine

Author: Richard E Goodkin
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2000.
Series: New cultural studies.
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"Birth Marks reexamines the body of French classical tragedy from the perspective of recent theories about the sibling bond and, in particular, birth order. Through a study of the evolution of inheritance issues in seventeen tragedies written over half a century by the Corneille brothers, Pierre and Thomas, and by Jean Racine, the book questions the pervasive assumption that classical tragedy, a form written for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Pierre Corneille; Thomas Corneille; Jean Racine; Pierre Corneille; Thomas Corneille; Pierre Corneille; Thomas Corneille; Jean Racine; Pierre Corneille; Thomas Corneille; Jean Racine; Pierre Corneille; Thomas Corneille; Jean Racine
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard E Goodkin
ISBN: 0812235509 9780812235500
OCLC Number: 43569518
Description: xi, 281 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Tragedy of Primogeniture --
Primogeniture and Its Discontents in Early Modern France --
Psychological Primogeniture --
The First Generation --
Medee: The Robe Is Mightier than the Sword, or The Clothier's Revenge --
Horacc, or How to Kill Friends and Influence People --
The End of an Era, or The Death of Pomp(ey) --
Between the Generations --
A Sibling Rivalry over Sibling Rivalry: Pierre Corneille's Rodogunc and Thomas Corneille's Persec et Demetrius --
The Brother as Father, the Father as Brother: Pierre Corneille's Nicomede and Thomas Corneille's La Mort d'Annibal --
Degenerating Inheritance: Timocrate, Oedipc, and La Thebaide --
The Second Generation --
The Younger Brother Comes into His Own: Britannicus, Bajazet, and Mithridate --
An Older Brother's Loss: Pierre Corneille's Tite et Berenice and Racine's Berenice --
A Tale of Two Sisters: Thomas Corneille's Ariane and Racine's Phedre.
Series Title: New cultural studies.
Responsibility: Richard E. Goodkin.

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"As Stephen Greenblatt has shown about purgatory for the Elizabethan Age, Goodkin argues that sibling rivalry, a vital and enriching element of tragedy, has been swept off our horizon. The book makes Read more...

 
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