In its rigorous investigation into the workings of paradox in the plays of Corneille, this book treats a primary aspect of his distinctive heroic drama. Paradox constitutes a major unifying force—both as an essential element in the complex moral and psychological makeup of Corneille’s heroes and heroines, and as the mainspring of his dramatic technique. The author illuminates key patterns that recur throughout the tragedies. In particular, Rodogune and Polyeucte are revitalized through original critical interpretations. This penetrating, well-integrated, and powerfully structured study, written in French, presents new insights into the work and genius of Corneille.
Harvard Studies in Romance Languages 33
L’univers theatral de Corneille
Paradoxe et subtilite heroiques
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Publication Date: 05/17/1978