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Racine : a theatrical reading

Author: David Maskell
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
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Based on a close examination of all Racine's plays and on evidence of their performance from the 17th century to today, this innovative study guides the reader towards a better understanding of  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Maskell, David.
Racine.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1991
(OCoLC)644108705
Named Person: Jean Racine; Jean Racine; Racine; Jean Racine; Jean Racine; Jean Racine
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Maskell
ISBN: 0198151616 9780198151616
OCLC Number: 22890520
Description: x, 272 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1 Setting the scene: Parisian theatres; ambiguous place and precise place; decor and text; the 12 plays; lighting and sound effects; interpreting the decor. Part 2 On stage, off stage: significant entrances; costume; significant exits; choruses. Part 3 Physical action: stage directions; visual language; "Athalie". Part 4 Verbal action: speech as action; the art of persuasion; acting styles. Part 5 Racine the director: "La Champmesle"; the alexandrine; conventional and incongruous "actio"; the listener's performance; interrogations; visual focus. Part 6 Across verbal frontiers: comparisons; French tragedies 1659-1664; the visual tradition; Greek tragedy. Part 7 Seeing the tragedy: moral ambiguity; errors of judgement; endings; transcendence; the alternative agenda.
Responsibility: David Maskell.
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careful and exhaustive study ... The value of Maskell's study lies in the all-embracing picture it provides, and the wealth of evidence as to Racine's own clear preoccupations. Richard Griffiths, Read more...

 
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