9780812235500

Birth Marks

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  • ISBN13:

    9780812235500

  • ISBN10:

    0812235509

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-08
  • Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr

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Summary

Through a study of the evolution of inheritance issues in seventeen tragedies written over the course of half a century the Corneille brothers, Pierre and Thomas, and by Jean Racine, Richard E. Goodkin questions the pervasive assumption that classical tragedy, a form written for the aristocracy, is informed exclusively by an aristocratic ethic. Instead, a fresh reading of both canonical and noncanonical texts demonstrates that even the most formal body of literature produced by French classical writers expresses a conflict between a declining aristocratic hierarchy based on inherited privilege and a rising capitalistic ethic that favors competition and enterprise.

Author Biography

Richard E. Goodkin is Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Tragic Middle: Racine, Aristotle, Euripides and Around Proust.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1(8)
PART I: The Tragedy of Primogeniture
Primogeniture and Its Discontents in Early Modern France
9(20)
Psychological Primogeniture
29(18)
PART II: The First Generation
Medee: The Robe Is Mightier than the Sword, or The Clothier's Revenge
47(15)
Horace, or How to Kill Friends and Influence People
62(16)
The End of an Era, or The Death of Pomp(ey)
78(21)
PART III: Between the Generations
A Sibling Rivalry over Sibling Rivalry: Pierre Corneille's Rodogune and Thomas Corneille's Persee et Demetrius
99(25)
The Brother as Father, the Father as Brother: Pierre Corneille's Nicomede and Thomas Corneille's La Mort d'Annibal
124(21)
Degenerating Inheritance: Timocrate, Oedipe, and La Thebaide
145(26)
PART IV: The Second Generation
The Younger Brother Comes into His Own: Britannicus, Bajazet, and Mithridate
171(23)
An Older Brother's Loss: Pierre Corneille's Tite et Berenice and Racine's Berenice
194(26)
A Tale of Two Sisters: Thomas Corneille's Ariane and Racine's Phedre
220(21)
Notes 241(30)
Bibliography 271(6)
Acknowledgments 277(2)
Index 279

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