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Racine : From Ancient Myth to Tragic Modernity.

Author: Mitchell Greenberg
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mitchell Greenberg
ISBN: 9780816670550 0816670552
OCLC Number: 612750359
Description: 1 online resource (306 pages)
Contents: Contents; A Note on Text and Translations; Preface; Introduction. Spectacle, Myth, Sacrifice: Racinian Tragedy and the Origins of Modernity; 1. La Thébaïde: Politics and Monstrous Origins; 2. Andromaque: Myth and Melancholy; 3. Britannicus: Power, Perversion, and Paranoia; 4. Bérénice, Bajazet, Mithridate: Oriental Oedipus; 5. Iphigénie: Sacrifice and Sovereignty; 6. Phèdre (et Hippolyte): Taboo, Transgression, and the Birth of Democracy?; 7. Esther, Athalie: Religion and Revolution in Racine's Heavenly City; Notes; Index.

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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.

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