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- DescriptionThis book analyses the relation 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. Most importantly, it asks why the theatre became the privileged form of representation in this state, and why this theatre concentrates almost exclusively on family conflict. Professor Greenberg argues that the narrative of oedipal sexuality and subjugation central to this new literary can reflected the conflicting social, political and ecomic forces that were shifting European society away from the universe of the Renaissance and guiding it towards the 'transparency' of Classical representation.
- Author BiographyMitchell Greenberg is Goldwin Smith Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of several books on seventeenth-century French literature and culture. Greenberg uses contemporary critical theories, particularly Freudian and post-Freudian approaches, in the interpretation of early modern texts.
- Author(s)Mitchell Greenberg
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication25/09/1992
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in French
- Series Part/Volume Number36
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content NoteIntroduction, preface, index
- Weight480 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine19 mm
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