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Racine or, The Triumph of Relevance : Major European Authors - Odette De Mourgues

Racine or, The Triumph of Relevance

Major European Authors

Paperback Published: 1st August 1967
ISBN: 9780521094283
Number Of Pages: 176

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This is a digital reprint of Mme de Mourgues' critical introduction to the work of Racine for the student and the general reader. It concentrates entirely on the plays themselves, and attempts to say what they are and how they work on the mind of the spectator or reader. Mme de Mourgues' main point is admirably expressed in her title. Everything in Racine's plays is directed to a single end: the heightening of the feeling of tragic conflict. The separable literary or dramatic conventions have no importance in themselves - their only claim on the attention is their function in the drama, their relevance to the overriding purpose. Discussions include the use of time and space, the stylization of passion, the paradox of the heros moyen and the interplay of action and character. The author also looks at the tragedy of the individual character with the abiding moral order within which the action is set and considers the specific emotion which Racine evokes."

The choice of a focus
The multivalency of time and space
The stylization of passion
The paradox of the h©ros moye
The interplay of action and characterization
The double pattern: tragedy and moral order
The aesthetic catharsis
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ISBN: 9780521094283
ISBN-10: 0521094283
Series: Major European Authors
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st August 1967
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.23