Jean Racine: Life and Legend by John SayerJean Racine: Life and Legend by John Sayer

Jean Racine: Life and Legend

byJohn Sayer

Paperback | September 19, 2006

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This first biography of Racine in over half a century for an English-language readership also traces the impact of Racine over three centuries in England as well as France. The plays and their reception are reviewed, using contextual approaches as part of each phase of Racine’s life-story, with excerpts and quotations translated. Racine’s upbringing and work as poet and historiographer are related to the France of Louis XIV, to audiences and to advancement for this ‘man from nowhere’, with parallels in Britain and elsewhere. Changing attitudes to Racine are traced across the centuries, across literary movements and on stage, including recent productions.
The book provides insights in the specialist field of Racine studies and seventeenth-century French literature and theatre, in comparative literary studies, particularly between France and Restoration England, and to the interaction of Racine and European cultural movements to the present day.
The Author: John Sayer studied languages at Brasenose College, Oxford, and is by background a head and teacher of modern languages and literature. He has directed a range of major European development programmes for schools and universities.
Title:Jean Racine: Life and LegendFormat:PaperbackDimensions:5.91 × 8.66 × 0.68 inPublished:September 19, 2006Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039109251

ISBN - 13:9783039109258


Table of Contents

Contents: The Early Years – Poets, Players and Preachers 1663-1666 – La Thébaïde, ou les Frères Ennemis – Alexandre le Grand – Andromaque – The Conflict with Corneille – The Poet at Court I. Exploring the East – The Poet at Court II. Crown and Cabal – Phèdre and the Break from the Theatre – Courtier-Historiographer 1677-1687 – Esther and Athalie – 1692-1699, the last years remembered – Changing Images over Three Centuries.