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Corneille, Classicism and the Ruses of Symmetry

Greenberg, Mitchell

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521123429 / ISBN 13: 9780521123426
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Title: Corneille, Classicism and the Ruses of ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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2009. 1st Edition. Paperback. Professor Greenberg's lucid study examines the themes of authority, power and sexuality in Corneille's major plays. Series: Cambridge Studies in French. Num Pages: 208 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 2ADF; DSG. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 213 x 174 x 13. Weight in Grams: 292. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780521123426

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Synopsis: Professor Greenberg's lucid study examines the themes of authority, power and sexuality in Corneille's major plays, drawing on the work of Foucault, and Freudian and feminist critics. He begins by considering the question of myth and of a 'pre-historical' cultural memory in Médée, and proceeds to a detailed analysis of each of the four best-known tragedies: Le Cid, Horace, Cinna, and Polyeucte. A concluding chapter discusses two middle-period plays and Suréna, Corneille's last tragedy. Professor Greenberg argues that the formal symmetries of classical tragedy reflect a desire for control in the realm of both politics and sexuality. He also seeks to show how these principles of symmetry are challenged or undermined in various ways by the plays themselves. The result is an exacerbation of sexual and political desire which invests Cornelian tragedy with its peculiar power and involves us so deeply in its world.

Descrizione del libro: Professor Greenberg's lucid study examines the themes of authority, power and sexuality in Corneille's major plays, drawing on the work of Foucault, and Freudian and feminist critics.

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