Corneille's Tragedies: The Role of the Unexpected

Corneille's Tragedies: The Role of the Unexpected

by R. C. Knight
     
 

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Corneille virtually founded seventeenth-century French tragedy: Le Cid and the three subsequent tragedies gave the genre its models and much of its theory. Many critics have created a synthetic picture of "Cornelian heroism" by seeing these four plays as representative of all Corneille's work, thus neglecting the sixteen others that followed. Now the tide has

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Overview

Corneille virtually founded seventeenth-century French tragedy: Le Cid and the three subsequent tragedies gave the genre its models and much of its theory. Many critics have created a synthetic picture of "Cornelian heroism" by seeing these four plays as representative of all Corneille's work, thus neglecting the sixteen others that followed. Now the tide has turned: scholars are trying to analyse the meaning of Cornielle's work with close reference to historical events and political ideas.

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...sure guide for French majors undertaking on their own an in-depth study of the 'grand classique.'
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...sure guide for French majors undertaking on their own an in-depth study of the 'grand classique.'
Modern Language Review
“This eminently readable book, often incisive, sometimes profound, will quickly take its place among the more important recent studies of Corneille . . .” –Modern Language Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780389209607
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1991
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.61(d)

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Professor Knight rejects both arguments. In this book he reviews all twenty heroic and tragic plays and challenges certain received interpretations. The picture created here is of a highly intelligent writer who enjoyed playing with ideas, and was anxious to impress-even astonish-by novelty, rather than of a master of political thought or an exponent of social trends.

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