Jean Racine: Life and Legend

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Peter Lang, 2006 - 427 páginas
This first biography of Racine in over half a century for an English-language readership also traces the impact of Racine over three centuries in England as well as France. The plays and their reception are reviewed, using contextual approaches as part of each phase of Racine's life-story, with excerpts and quotations translated. Racine's upbringing and work as poet and historiographer are related to the France of Louis XIV, to audiences and to advancement for this 'man from nowhere', with parallels in Britain and elsewhere. Changing attitudes to Racine are traced across the centuries, across literary movements and on stage, including recent productions.
The book provides insights in the specialist field of Racine studies and seventeenth-century French literature and theatre, in comparative literary studies, particularly between France and Restoration England, and to the interaction of Racine and European cultural movements to the present day.
 

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Note on References and Quotations
7
Chapter Two Poets Players and Preachers 16631666
39
Chapter Three La Thebaide on les Freres Ennemis
63
Chapter Four Alexandre le Grand
79
Chapter Five Andromaque
105
Chapter Six The Conflict with Corneille
137
Chapter Seven The Poet at Court I Exploring the East
181
Chapter Eight The Poet at Court II Crown and Cabal
217
Chapter Nine Phedre and the Break from the Theatre
245
Chapter Ten CourtierHistoriographer 16771687
279
Chapter Eleven Esther and Athalie
297
Chapter Twelve 16921699 the last years remembered
331
Chapter Thirteen Changing Images over Three Centuries
363
Notes
391
Select Bibliography
411
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The Author: John Sayer studied languages at Brasenose College, Oxford, and is by background a head and teacher of modern languages and literature. He has directed a range of major European development programmes for schools and universities.

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