Kingdom of Disorder
Theory of Tragedy in Classical France
Publication Year: 1999
Published by: Purdue University Press
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The earth is still fresh on modernity's tomb. The news that we are no longer modem, but postmodern, has reached television and the popular press, and with modernity's retrospective celebrity come its various obituaries. These necrologies, as is customary, start with the time and place of the decedent's...
I thank colleagues who have heard and questioned earlier sketches of the present argument-Georges Forestier, Gerard Defaux, Wilda Anderson, Helene Merlin, Anne Birberick, Kevin Brownlee, Bradley Rubidge, Patrick Henry, Marina. Scordilis Brownlee, Steven Rendall, Thomas Pavel, Milad...
1. Regularity: Articulating the Aesthetic
Seventeenth-century, French culture did not use the term classicism to describe contemporary changes in literature and the arts. Instead, critics and theorists used the term regulier to indicate the change that occurred in the theater at the time of Corneille. In 1685. Jean Racine, Comeille's younger...
2. Passion in the Age of Reason
According to the dramatic theories of the seventeenth century, the principal purpose of tragedy is to produce in the spectator or reader overwhelming emotion, driving the spectator beyond the control of reason. Following the emotion of the character, or...
3. The Tragic Story
What should happen in a tragedy? What kind of story should be presented, what series of events should occur? What should be the relationship between the actions in a tragedy and prevailing ethical norms? These are central questions for the French theorists of tragedy as they were for Aristotle. The...
4. The "Unities" and the Classical Spectator
In the course of the century, dramatic theory progressively embraced the concepts usually called the unites. The three principal unities (of day, place, and action) were not all mentioned in Aristotle's Poetics—the French were very conscious that the Greeks never mentioned unity of place. However, the unity...
If the dramatic theory of seventeenth-century France inaugurates a certain cultural modernity, it does so by disseminating the concepts of dramatic and literary criticism and by transferring authority from "authors" in the medieval sense to readers (Wood, "Authority and Boileau"). This shift, still obscured by...
Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 1999
Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures
Series Editor Byline: Patricia Hart See more Books in this Series
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