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Corneille, Classicism and the Ruses of Symmetry Mitchell  Greenberg

Corneille, Classicism and the Ruses of Symmetry

Mitchell Greenberg

Published November 1st 2009
ISBN : 9780521123426
Paperback
208 pages
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Professor Greenbergs lucid study examines the themes of authority, power and sexuality in Corneilles major plays, drawing on the work of Foucault, and Freudian and feminist critics. He begins by considering the question of myth and of aMoreProfessor Greenbergs lucid study examines the themes of authority, power and sexuality in Corneilles 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 Medee, 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 Surena, Corneilles 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.