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Birth Marks: The Tragedy of Primogeniture in Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, and Jean Racine (New Cultural Studies)

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Birth Marks reexamines the body of French classical tragedy from the perspective of recent theories about the sibling bond and, in particular, birth order. Through a study of the evolution of inheritance issues in seventeen tragedies written over the course of half a century by the Corneille brothers, Pierre and Tomas, and by Jean Racine, the book questions the pervasive assumption that classical tragedy, a form written for the aristocracy, is informed exclusively by an aristocratic thic.<P>Instead, a fresh reading of both canonical and noncanonical texts demonstrates that even the most formal body of literature produced by French classical writers expresses a conflict between a declining aristocratic hierarchy based on inherited privilege and a rising capitalistic ethic that favors competition and enterprise.

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Despite barriers to penetrating a sociocultural context so alien to our own, Goodkin (French, U. of Wisconsin) believes that a foray into 17th century French Classical tragedy written for the Versailles Court warrants the time warp. The author adopts primogeniture, the practice of the oldest son inheriting an estate, as a metaphor for the mentalities underlying the feudalism-to-capitalism transition. Psychological primogeniture, in which sibling rivalry haunts family relationships, is viewed broadly as a theme in French literature written and performed between the foundation of the Acad<'e>mie francaise in 1635 and 1677, the year Racine presented dre/>, a tale of sisters, as his theatrical swan song. The Corneilles' works reflect brotherly conflict.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-276) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812235500
Author:
Goodkin, Richard E.
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Location:
Philadelphia :
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
French drama
Subject:
French drama (Tragedy)
Subject:
Primogeniture in literature
Subject:
French drama -- 17th century.
Subject:
Drama -- History and criticism.
Series:
New Cultural Studies
Series Volume:
168-99
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
281
Dimensions:
9.26x6.25x1.00 in. 1.37 lbs.

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