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Word As Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language (Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs)

 
 
 
 
Word As Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language (Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs)
Author: Michael Hawcroft
ISBN 13: 9780198151852
ISBN 10: 198151853
Edition: 1
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Publication Date: 1992-06-04
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
List Price: $215.00
 
 

Hawcroft presents an exploration of the theatrical qualities of the language of France's greatest tragedian, Jean Racine, taking as its analytical tool two neglected parts of rhetoric—inventio and dispositio. Racine's dialogue is exciting, Hawcroft argues, because he makes persuasive interaction of characters a key feature of his dramatic technique. This book shows how Racine deploys persuasion in well-defined contexts: trials, embassies, and councils; informal oratory as protagonists try to manipulate each other and their confidants in order to make their own views and wishes prevail; self-persuasion in monologues; and narrations, often used by characters with persuasive intent. The book draws illuminating and provocative comparisons with other playwrights and offers a closer and better documented description of the specific nature of Racine's theatrical language than has previously been available in any one study.