Word As Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Word As Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

by Michael Hawcroft
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198151853

ISBN-13: 9780198151852

Pub. Date: 04/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Hawcroft presents an exploration of the theatrical qualities of the language of France's greatest tragedian, Jean Racine, taking as its analytical tool two neglected parts of rhetoric—inventio and dispositio. Racine's dialogue is exciting, Hawcroft argues, because he makes persuasive interaction of characters a key feature of his dramatic technique. This book

Overview

Hawcroft presents an exploration of the theatrical qualities of the language of France's greatest tragedian, Jean Racine, taking as its analytical tool two neglected parts of rhetoric—inventio and dispositio. Racine's dialogue is exciting, Hawcroft argues, because he makes persuasive interaction of characters a key feature of his dramatic technique. This book shows how Racine deploys persuasion in well-defined contexts: trials, embassies, and councils; informal oratory as protagonists try to manipulate each other and their confidants in order to make their own views and wishes prevail; self-persuasion in monologues; and narrations, often used by characters with persuasive intent. The book draws illuminating and provocative comparisons with other playwrights and offers a closer and better documented description of the specific nature of Racine's theatrical language than has previously been available in any one study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198151852
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Series:
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

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