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Corneille's Tragedies: The Role of the Unexpected
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Corneille's Tragedies: The Role of the Unexpected (Hardback)

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Corneille virtually founded seventeenth-century French tragedy: Le Cid and the three subsequent tragedies gave the genre its models and much of its theory. Many critics have created a synthetic picture of "Cornelian heroism" by seeing these four plays as representative of all Corneille's work, thus neglecting the sixteen others that followed. Now the tide has turned: scholars are trying to analyse the meaning of Cornielle's work with close reference to historical events and political ideas.

Essays & WritingLiterary Criticism Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 28/10/1991 ISBN-13: 9780389209607  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Professor Knight rejects both arguments. In this book he reviews all twenty heroic and tragic plays and challenges certain received interpretations. The picture created here is of a highly intelligent writer who enjoyed playing with ideas, and was anxious to impressoeven astonishoby novelty, rather than of a master of political thought or an exponent of social trends.

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