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Corneille and Racine
Problems of Tragic Form


  • Date Published: October 1973
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521098144

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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.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1973
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521098144
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Corneille and the critics
    3. Le Cid
    4. Cinna
    5. Polyeucte
    6. Corneille's verse
    7. Rodogune
    9. Suréna
    10. Corneille - some conclusions
    11. Racine - career and background
    12. Racine - the beginnings
    13. Approaches to tragedy
    14. Bérénice
    15. The dramatic art of Racine
    16. Phèdre
    17. Athalie
    18. Conclusion
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Gordon Pocock

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