Tragic Passages: Jean Racine's Art of the Threshold (Hardback)Roland Racevskis (author)
Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 15/04/2008
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"Tragic Passages: Jean Racine's Art of the Threshold" by Roland Racevskis presents a new, theoretically informed reading of Racine's nine secular tragedies, from "La Thebaide" (1664) to "Phedre" (1677). This detailed study focuses on literary/theatrical constructions of space, time, and identity. The central hypothesis holds that in a number of his tragedies, Racine places his characters in a position of limbo, between the self and the other, between what is onstage and what is offstage, between life and death, the transcendent and the terrestrial, the personal and the public.Racine's secular tragedies thus highlight the paradoxical human predicament of being caught in-between states of being and develops an esthetics of the threshold. Exploring multiple intermediary spaces of experience, from the personal to the eschatological, Racine's tragedies undertake a sustained inquiry into philosophical questions of world limits and of the boundaries of human experience, questions that have become urgent in the present day.
Publisher: Associated University Presses
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 20 mm
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