Corneille, Classicism and the Ruses of Symmetry by Mitchell GreenbergCorneille, Classicism and the Ruses of Symmetry by Mitchell Greenberg

Corneille, Classicism and the Ruses of Symmetry

byMitchell Greenberg

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Professor Greenberg's lucid study examines the themes of authority, power and sexuality in Corneille's major plays, drawing on the work of Foucault, and Freudian and feminist critics. He begins by considering the question of myth and of a 'pre-historical' cultural memory in Médée, and proceeds to a detailed analysis of each of the four best-known tragedies: Le Cid, Horace, Cinna, and Polyeucte. A concluding chapter discusses two middle-period plays and Suréna, Corneille's last tragedy. Professor Greenberg argues that the formal symmetries of classical tragedy reflect a desire for control in the realm of both politics and sexuality. He also seeks to show how these principles of symmetry are challenged or undermined in various ways by the plays themselves. The result is an exacerbation of sexual and political desire which invests Cornelian tragedy with its peculiar power and involves us so deeply in its world.

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Title:Corneille, Classicism and the Ruses of SymmetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.47 inPublished:November 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521123429

ISBN - 13:9780521123426

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Table of Contents

Prefaces; Introduction; 1. Mythifying matrix: Corneille's Médée and the birth of tragedy; 2. Le Cid: father/time; 3. Horace, classicism and female trouble; 4. Cinna: empty mirrors; 5. Polyeucte: seeing is believing; 6. Nicomède, Rodogune, Suréna: monsters, melanchology and the end of the ancien régime; Notes; Index.