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Birth Marks : The Tragedy of Primogeniture in Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, and Jean Racine (Hardcover)

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Birth Marks reexamines the body of French classical tragedy from the perspective of recent theories about the sibling bond and, in particular, birth order. Through a study of the evolution of inheritance issues in seventeen tragedies written over the course of half a century by the Corneille brothers, Pierre and Tomas, and by Jean Racine, the book questions the pervasive assumption that classical tragedy, a form written for the aristocracy, is informed exclusively by an aristocratic thic.

Instead, a fresh reading of both canonical and noncanonical texts demonstrates that even the most formal body of literature produced by French classical writers expresses a conflict between a declining aristocratic hierarchy based on inherited privilege and a rising capitalistic ethic that favors competition and enterprise.


Publisher Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
Mfg Part# 9780812235500
SKU 207927617
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0812235509
Release Date 6/11/2013
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