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Corneille and Racine : Problems of Tragic Form - Gordon Pocock

Corneille and Racine

Problems of Tragic Form

Paperback

Published: 17th December 1973
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Corneille and Racine may seem like marble monuments of an unchanging typical classicism. Mr Pocock is concerned to show that each of these great dramatists was a living writer, struggling to create developing forms and that the rules of neo-classical decorum were a strait-jacket to them. We can see in their writings a hesitation between poetic drama which creates its own forms from within and naturalistic drama which opts for truth to common life and a medium. In an interesting and comprehensive examination of the two authors, Mr Pocock shows the range of Coneille's achievement, and explains that a good seal which had been dismissed as decadence or incompetence was the result of his casting about for new forms. A section on Racine shows him opting for a deepening mode of drama which rejects naturalism and is implicitly subversive of neo-classical rules.

Introduction
Corneille and the critics
Le Cid
Cinna
Polyeucte
Corneille's verse
Rodogune
Suréna
Corneille - some conclusions
Racine - career and background
Racine - the beginnings
Approaches to tragedy
Bérénice
The dramatic art of Racine
Phèdre
Athalie
Conclusion
Notes
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521098144
ISBN-10: 0521098149
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 17th December 1973
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.43