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The Stroke of Passion: Pascal and the Poets

Richard Scholar

in The Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi in Early Modern Europe: Encounters with a Certain Something

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199274406
eISBN:
9780191706448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274406.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

It is commonly said that elusive forces draw individual human beings into passionate relations with one another. This chapter identifies three tendencies towards the je-ne-sais-quoi in the realm of ... More


Literary Explorations

Michael Moriarty

in Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199291038
eISBN:
9780191710599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291038.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Interest in problems of self-knowledge and self-deception is not confined to philosophers and theologians. It is exploited by dramatists for comic effect (Corneille and Molière). But confusion as to ... More


The Historical Tragicomedies

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Prompted perhaps by Pierre Corneille's success with Le Cid, Jean Desmarets abandoned comedy for tragicomedy. Desmarets was elected on June 16 with Chapelain and the Abbé de Bourzeis, by the ... More


The French Augustinians

Christopher Brooke

in Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152080
eISBN:
9781400842414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152080.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter details the contemporary assault on Stoic moral psychology from the pens of the French Augustinians. The influence of the Stoic revival of the sixteenth century continued to be felt in a ... More


Corneille's Andromeda: Painting, Medicine, and the Politics of Spectacle

Wes Williams

in Monsters and their Meanings in Early Modern Culture: Mighty Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199577026
eISBN:
9780191728662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577026.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

This chapter initiates discussion of the conjoined processes of medicalization and theatricalization that monsters undergo in the seventeenth century. The changing reception of Heliodorus's ... More


Descartes's Fictions: Reading Philosophy with Poetics

Emma Gilby

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198831891
eISBN:
9780191869723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831891.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Descartes’s Fictions traces common movements in early modern philosophy and literary method. This volume reassesses the significance of Descartes’s writing by bringing his philosophical output into ... More


Imitations of Christ in 17th-century France: Some attendant difficulties: Lecture in Modern Languages read 22 May 2013 by

Richard Parish

in British Academy Lectures 2012-13: Published in the online Journal of the British Academy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780197265666
eISBN:
9780191771927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265666.003.0009
Subject:
History, World Modern History

The most important verse paraphrase of the Imitation of Christ in 17th-century France was written by the dramatist Pierre Corneille. In his paratexts he discusses the difficulties he has encountered ... More


Terror and Pity: The Springs of Tragedy

Ronald Schechter

in A Genealogy of Terror in Eighteenth-Century France

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226499574
eISBN:
9780226499604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226499604.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

The positive emotional connotations of the word “terror” were enhanced by eighteenth-century theater criticism, which used the standard of terror when judging tragedies. Drawing (often loosely) on ... More


Cartesian Plots, Dramatic Theory, and Emotional Wonder

R. Darren Gobert

in The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804786386
eISBN:
9780804788267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804786386.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter concerns playwriting and dramatic theory after Descartes. It demonstrates how the much-discussed problem of dramatic catharsis originates in an incommensurability produced by ... More


The Monetary Imaginary of Renaissance France

Jotham Parsons

in Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the State

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451591
eISBN:
9780801454981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451591.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

This chapter argues that French literature down to the 1630s frequently thematized the social danger of money, particularly with regards to social mobility. Writers from the age of Henri II through ... More


Divas and Diplomacy in Seventeenth-Century France

John Watkins

in After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501707575
eISBN:
9781501708527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707575.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines how war affected interdynastic marriage in seventeenth-century France. By late seventeenth century, the hope for European peace had lost its foundations in a shared ... More


From Emotion to Affect

Andrea Frisch

in Forgetting Differences: Tragedy, Historiography, and the French Wars of Religion

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780748694396
eISBN:
9781474412322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694396.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Examines the consolidation in French tragedy of the early seventeenth century of what Thomas Pavel has described as an “art of distancing” (“art de l'éloignement”) characteristic of French ... More


The Drama of Time in Short Supply

in On Borrowed Time: The Art and Economy of Living with Deadlines

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226886015
eISBN:
9780226886039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226886039.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses concepts of the drama of time through the works of Aristotle, Pierre Corneille, Shakespeare, Lessing, and Proust.


Cartesian Générosité and Its Antecedents

Michael Moriarty

in The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198840688
eISBN:
9780191882654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840688.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The chapter contains an exposition of Descartes’s ethics, the keystone of which is the concept of générosité. This incorporates both a cognitive state (the knowledge that nothing belongs to us but ... More


Corneille: The Indulgent Spectator

Joseph Harris

in Inventing the Spectator: Subjectivity and the Theatrical Experience in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780198701613
eISBN:
9780191771453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701613.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The writings of the dramatist Corneille inject a salutary dose of practical experience into a debate so far conducted largely between theoreticians. Steering away from illusionistic models, the more ... More


Counter-Reformation Tragedy: The Laurel and the Cypress

Blair Hoxby

in What Was Tragedy?: Theory and the Early Modern Canon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198749165
eISBN:
9780191813283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749165.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Twentieth-century critics claim that drama cannot be both Christian and tragic at once, and when they do make an exception it is for the Calvinist or Jansenist tragedy of damnation. As staunch ... More


Achilles in French Tragedy (1563–1680)

Tiphaine Karsenti

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0022
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines how French playwrights in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries appropriated the epic figure of Achilles. Inheriting both antique and medieval traditions, they made him into a ... More


Conclusions: The Spectrum of Friendship

Cedric C. Brown

in Friendship and its Discourses in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198790792
eISBN:
9780191833434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790792.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Milton Studies

One conclusion is repeated: the spectrum of friendship is indivisible, instrumentality not occluding principled affection. On the question of why many of the champions of friendship in this book are ... More


Nourished on Blood

Helen Slaney

in The Senecan Aesthetic: A Performance History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198736769
eISBN:
9780191800412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736769.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

French tragedy of the same period (sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries) was likewise experiencing rapid change, transformed within a generation from an academic pastime into a fully-fledged ... More


The Great Repression

Helen Slaney

in The Senecan Aesthetic: A Performance History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198736769
eISBN:
9780191800412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736769.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Following precepts derived from Aristotle’s Poetics, French neoclassical tragedy from the 1630s onwards was required to comply with the so-called Règles—the ‘Rules’—of dramatic composition. One of ... More


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