Subjectivity and Subjugation in Seventeenth-Century Drama and Prose: The Family Romance of French Classicism by Mitchell GreenbergSubjectivity and Subjugation in Seventeenth-Century Drama and Prose: The Family Romance of French Classicism by Mitchell Greenberg

Subjectivity and Subjugation in Seventeenth-Century Drama and Prose: The Family Romance of French…

byMitchell Greenberg

Paperback | December 18, 2006

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This book analyzes the relationship between an emergent modern subjectivity in seventeenth-century French literature, particularly in dramatic works, and the contemporaneous evolution of the absolutist state. It shows how major writers of the Classical period (Corneille, Racine, Moliere, Lafayette) elaborate a new subject in and through their representations of the family, and argues that the family serves as the mediating locus of a patriarchal ideology of sexual and political containment. Professor Greenberg argues that this reflects the conflicting social, political and economic forces that were shifting European society away from the universe of the Renaissance and guiding it toward the "transparency" of Classical representation.
Title:Subjectivity and Subjugation in Seventeenth-Century Drama and Prose: The Family Romance of French…Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:December 18, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052103230X

ISBN - 13:9780521032308

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. L'Astrée and androgyny; 2. The grateful dead: Corneille's tragedy and the subject of history; 3. Passion play: Jeanne des Anges, devils, hysteria and the incorporation of the classical subject; 4. Rodogune: sons and lovers; 5. Molière's Tartuffe and the scandal of insight; 6. Racine's children; 7. 'Visions are seldom all they seem': La Princesse de Clèves and the end of Classical illusions; Notes; Index.

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"...both by the depth and brilliance of his perceptions and the clarity and elegance of his formulations, Mitchell Greenberg has made, with this work, a major contribution to seventeenth-century French studies." Ralph Albanese, Jr., L'Esprit Créateur