Myth and its Making in the French Theatre: Studies Presented to W. D. Howarth

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The authors of the fifteen essays that make up this volume were invited to interpret 'Myth and its Making' in the widest possible sense. They were encouraged to re-examine not only the time-honoured ancient themes exploited in the French theatre from the Renaissance onwards, but other literary, historical or legendary subjects that have undergone a similar process of mythic enhancement and stylisation. Thus they explored the ways in which existing literary myths renewed themselves, as well as the process of ...

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Overview

The authors of the fifteen essays that make up this volume were invited to interpret 'Myth and its Making' in the widest possible sense. They were encouraged to re-examine not only the time-honoured ancient themes exploited in the French theatre from the Renaissance onwards, but other literary, historical or legendary subjects that have undergone a similar process of mythic enhancement and stylisation. Thus they explored the ways in which existing literary myths renewed themselves, as well as the process of creating new myths for the modern age. Originally published in 1988, the text contains essays in both French and English, written from a broad range of perspectives. It will be of value to anyone with an interest in French theatre and literary theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521187763
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; W. D. Howard - an appreciation S. W. Taylor; Bibliography of W. D. Howarth's writings H. R. Slaughter; Preface E. Freeman; 1. Du texte ... la représentation Michel Corvin; 2. The presence of Rome in some plays of Robert Garnier Margaret McGowan; 3. Bradamante: l'épique au burlesque Micheline Cuénin; 4. Corneille's Oedipe I. D. McFarlane; 5. Racine's Andromaque: new myth for old H. T. Barnwell; 6. Ritual murder at Versailles: Racine's Ipigénie R. C. Knight; 7. The myth of place in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French theatre Michael O'Regan; 8. Marivaux mythologue Jacques Scherer; 9. Fathers, good and bad, in Voltaire's Mahomet Hadyn Mason; 10. From Raynal's 'new Spartacus' to Lamartine's Toussaint Louverture: a myth of the black soul in rebellion E. Freeman; 11. Alfred de Musset: Don Juan on the Boulevard de Gand Merlin Thomas; 12. Avatars of Jupiter in Sartre's Les Mouches and Giraoudoux's Amphitryon Odette de Mourgues; 13. Reality and myth in Montherlant's Don Juan Richard Griffiths; 14. The myth in the theatre of Anouilh: a personal impression Donald Watson; 15. 'Entre le mythique et le quotidien': myth in the theatre of Michel Vinaver David Bradby.

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