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French Renaissance Tragedy : The Dramatic Word - Gillian Jondorf

French Renaissance Tragedy

The Dramatic Word

Hardcover Published: 26th October 1990
ISBN: 9780521360142
Number Of Pages: 188

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The principle aim of this book is to encourage readers to find pleasure in sixteenth-century tragedies. To this end, Gillian Jondorf examines a range of plays (all accessible in modern editions) in two ways. She suggests, by means of comparisons with other works, that techniques such as allusiveness need be no more forbidding in humanist tragedy than in, say, Racine or Lamartine. She shows how other features, such as characterisation, structure, and the use of Choruses, become not only comprehensible but satisfying when the guiding theme of a play has been identified and its organising principles understood. Dr Jondorf argues that these plays should be seen not as pardonably clumsy experiments by the first practitioners of a genre, but as competent works which display skilful deployment of technique in the service of dramatic aims which are, in the broadest sense, didactic. French Renaissance tragedy has too often been treated, even by its defenders, merely as a staging post on the road that leads to Corneille and Racine. This book corrects that perspective.

Acknowledgements
Note on references and spelling
Introduction
Allusiveness
Exposition
The rhetor
The chorus
Characterisation
Shape
Pleasures
Appendix: the tragedians
Notes
List of works cited and consulted
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ISBN: 9780521360142
ISBN-10: 0521360145
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 26th October 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.39